After much anticipation, former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre announced today that he will be returning to Green Bay in 2015. Favre released a video to make the announcement.
Not too long ago, I wrote about speculation that both Favre and the Packers were concerned that having him return this season might not be met with the type of reaction that both sides would want to see. Both Favre and Packers team president Mark Murphy were claiming that they didn’t want the former face of the franchise to be brought back to any audible boos that may come from the crowd.
Initially and earlier this year, it was reported that there was a scheduling conflict last season and Favre couldn’t attend a game because his duties as an assistant high school football coach kept him busy into December. For what it’s worth, Favre maintained that reasoning during Monday’s teleconference with the media, despite having also come out and said he was unsure what the fan reaction would be to a return.
Whatever the case really was is moot now. It has been announced that Favre will be back during the summer of 2015 and will be honored by the Packers. According to reports, the team will induct Favre into its Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 18th.
The Packers will also hold a retirement ceremony for his famous #4. Favre will also and almost certainly take his place in the team’s ring of honor and have his name added inside of Lambeau Field. Favre and his family will attend a game next season and the number retirement will take place at that time.
There had been some speculation, earlier this year, that Favre might be honored this season and at one of the team’s home games. Talk then centered around merely bringing Favre back to attend a game, perhaps to ease him back into the Packers family or maybe even gauge the crowd reaction?
Regardless, Favre will be back at Lambeau for the first time since October, 2010 when he was with the Minnesota Vikings. He certainly should be back as part of the team and take his rightful place next to some of the past Packers greats. For all that Brett did to resurrect the Packers organization over 20 years ago, he should be receive a warm welcome. In the words of former Packers assistant coach Kevin Greene during the 2011 Super Bowl, “it is time”.
I realize some will always disagree and will always take issue with how Favre departed Green Bay in 2008, and that’s fine. Just know that, come hell, high water, or another broken thumb, Favre is coming home to Green Bay.
Jason Perone is an independent sports blogger writing about the Packers on AllGreenBayPackers.comFollow Jason Perone: