While there are encouraging signs of better relations between former quarterback Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers, CEO Mark Murphy told reporters Thursday there will be no jersey retirement ceremony for the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns in 2014.
Murphy said there have been “good conversations” between the team and Favre, but there are still concerns that fans still bitter about Favre’s departure and his eventual signing with the rival Minnesota Vikings could mar the celebratory mood of a jersey retirement ceremony.
“He wouldn’t want to come back to be booed,” Murphy said.
Favre is eligible for Pro Football Hall of Fame consideration in 2016 and will likely be a lock to be a member of that year’s induction class.
Favre announced his retirement from the Packers in March 2008, but changed his mind and wanted to return for that season. The Packers, who had already decided to move forward with Aaron Rodgers under center, traded him to the New York Jets.
He was cut after his lone season in New Jersey and signed with the Vikings, with whom he played in 2009-10 before retiring for good.
Favre is the Packers’ all-time leader in passing yards (61,655) and touchdowns (442), playing in Green Bay from 1992-2007 and starting 253 straight regular-season games.
He led the Packers to the postseason 11 times and to two Super Bowls, including a victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI.
A three-time league MVP (he shared the award with Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions in 1997), Favre is at the top of the NFL leader boards in passing yards (71,838) and passing touchdowns (508).
He was drafted in the second round by the Atlanta Falcons in 1991 and traded to Green Bay the following spring.