It seems like everybody is “going home.” First LeBron James announced he was coming back to Cleveland after leaving to play for the Miami Heat. Now, the Green Bay Packers and future Hall of Famer Brett Favre are reuniting for one last go-round.
We all know the story of this nasty breakup. After losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants in the 2007 NFC Championship game, Favre announced he was retiring (for the first time). But, he announced he wanted to come back a few months later, thinking the Packers would welcome him back with open arms. Unfortunately for Favre, the Packers already had a plan for this guy named Aaron Rodgers to start for the 2008 season. Favre was traded to the New York Jets and the rest is history.
Fast forward to last Monday and finally, it seems like all fences have been mended between Favre and the Packers organization. It was announced that on July 18, 2015, Favre will have his #4 jersey retired and will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame. During his press conference, Favre said that he “was always a Packer,” and said he was “truly honored.”
While I am very happy that Favre’s Packers Hall of Fame induction is happening, the only gripe I have with the whole thing is that the ceremony will not happen during a regular season game. One of the reasons I think this is not happening during a game is because of the fear of the Packers crowd. When Favre returned as a member of the Minnesota Vikings, he was showered with the boo birds from the Lambeau faithful. I know that part of that was because he was a member of the rival Vikings, but most of those boos were because of the way he left.
Even though Favre did not leave on the greatest of terms, I don’t think that should be a reason for him not to be inducted during a regular season game. I know that Favre had been worried about the boos. Even so, he is not only one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, he might possibly be the greatest Packers quarterback of all time. This ceremony needs to be held when 70,000 plus can be at Lambeau to honor #4.
They might have booed him when he first came back, but that was for a division rival. This will be to honor him, and I think it needs to come on a Monday night game, for everyone to see.