NFL: Favre says ‘it is time to come back’ to Packers
Former Green Bay Packers great Brett Favre will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame and have his No. 4 retired in 2015.
“It’s more than a dream come true,” Favre said via teleconference. “It is time to come back. I think this will be a great event.”
Former Packers president and now chairman emeritus Bob Harlin announced that Favre will be the only Packers player inducted in 2015. It will be just the sixth time in Packers history that just one player will be inducted.
Harlin welcomed Favre, 44, and his family back to the Packers family.
“It’s great to have old friends home again,” Harlin said.
Favre said he’s honored to play 16 years with the Packers and is humbled to have his name placed among other Packers greats. Favre’s name and No. 4 will be unveiled at the north end of the stadium.
The Hall of Fame, which is independent of the Packers but houses its museum at Lambeau Field, holds its induction ceremony annually in July. The museum is currently closed for construction as part of the renovations in the stadium’s Atrium. It is scheduled to re-open next April.
The news broke Sunday night and Favre later confirmed it on his official website:
“I’m pleased to announce that I will be returning to Green Bay, Wisconsin in 2015 for induction into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and retirement of my jersey.”
The honors seemingly were delayed because of friction between Favre and the team — and the team’s fan base — after he concluded his career away from Green Bay.
Favre said he’s not concerned “one bit” about fan reaction.
“That’s what I am, is a Packer,” Favre said Monday.
Favre started an NFL-record 297 consecutive games, 253 of them with the Packers. He spent 2008 with the New York Jets before playing two years for the Packers’ rival, the Minnesota Vikings.
Favre was an 11-time Pro Bowl performer.
Favre holds the NFL records for pass attempts, 10,169; pass completions, 6,30; passing yards, 71,838; and touchdown passes, 508. He also is the record holder for the most times sacked (525) and the most fumbles (166).
Favre began his career with four games (two starts) for the Atlanta Falcons, who made him a second-round draft pick in 1991.