According to a report, the Green Bay Packers will announce on Monday that longtime quarterback Brett Favre will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame next summer and will have his No. 4 retired by the team next year.
ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky, citing a source, reported the announcement will be made jointly by Favre and the Packers on Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.
Favre will not appear at the announcement, but will be speak via telephone.
It’s a sign that the reconciliation efforts between Favre and the Packers have come full circle after the rancorous 2008 trade that sent the legendary gunslinger to the New York Jets five months after he had announced his retirement from the NFL only to change his mind and want to return.
Packers CEO Mark Murphy has said several times that he wanted to have Favre’s Packer Hall induction and number retirement complete before Favre was eligible for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.
The announcement by the Packers comes just after the 2014 Pro Football Hall class was inducted and a day after a report in the Canton Repository said Packer fans are already making hotel reservations in Canton, Ohio, in preparation for Favre’s induction into professional football’s greatest shrine.
A second-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons out of Southern Mississippi in 1991, Favre was acquired by the Packers in February 1992 in exchange for a first-round draft pick. Favre had spent the 1991 season as the Falcons’ third-string quarterback behind starter Chris Miller and backup Billy Joe Tolliver.
He appeared in just two games in 1991, throwing four passes—all incomplete and two of them intercepted.
He made his Packer debut on Sept. 13, 1992, replacing Don Majkowski late in a blowout loss at Tampa Bay. The following week at Lambeau Field, Favre replaced an injured Majkowski early against the Cincinnati Bengals and led the Pack to a come-from-behind 24-23 win, throwing a 35-yard touchdown pass to Kitrick Taylor with 13 seconds remaining.
Don Majkowski would never take another snap at quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. Favre made his first start the following week against the Pittsburgh Steelers and never missed a start over the next 16 seasons in Green Bay.
Favre put together a remarkable career in Green Bay, winning three MVP awards in a row from 1995-97 (he shared the 1997 honor with Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions) and being named to nine Pro Bowls.
He led the Packers to a Super Bowl title—the franchise’s first in 29 years—after the 1996 season.
After he left Green Bay, he spent one year with the Jets, who released him after the 2008 season. He then signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings, where he played his final two seasons, retiring for good after the 2010 season.
Along the way, he became the NFL’s most prolific passer, retiring as the league’s all-time leader with 71,838 passing yard, 508 passing touchdowns and 6,300 completions (as well as, yes, the 336 career interceptions).
He started 297 regular-season games in a row, beginning in September 1992 and continuing until December 2010. He also started 24 playoff games during that span.
Favre’s five season stretch from 1994-98 was one of the most prolific in history to that point. He threw for 20,273 yards and 176 touchdowns in 80 games over those five seasons completing 61.5 percent of his throws and tossing 79 picks.
The context of his consecutive-games streak is mind-boggling. During those 19 seasons, 238 other quarterbacks started games in the league and the league’s teams played for 117 coaches.