Earlier this week, Green Bay Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy spoke to the media about the upcoming season and the talks that have been swirling about when the team might hold a retirement ceremony for former quarterback Brett Favre’s famous #4.
Just a few months ago, Murphy and Favre both admitted that there had been some dialogue between both sides and that a return to Green Bay was eventually in order.
It was sounding like it was all but a foregone conclusion that Favre would be back at some point during this next season for a ceremony of some sort. The obvious thought was that it would be at one of the home games.
Murphy emphasized the team’s desire to get something done before Favre is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016. That means time is running out.
Speculation began about which game was best for the team and Favre to reunite. That both of Favre’s former teams, the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings, were scheduled to appear in Green Bay this year only added to the intrigue. The Packers wouldn’t possibly bring Favre in with the Vikings in town, would they?
Well, not to worry about the possibility of choosing the wrong game or time this season. Murphy has backed off of his earlier statements about retiring Favre’s #4 so soon and has seemed to place more emphasis on having further dialogue and simply having Favre attend a game. He now says that a ceremony during the 2014 season is unlikely.
Fox Sports Wisconsin’s Paul Imig ran a recap of some of Murphy’s comments this week. Murphy says that neither Favre nor the team want a scenario in which he returns and fans are booing him. Murphy makes it sound like a mutual concern and cited the fact that they can’t control 80,000 people.
If that’s what he’s selling, I’m not buying. Kudos to Murphy and the Packers if they’re trying to add some mutuality to this sentiment, but this seems like another attempt by Favre to have more control of a situation than he is entitled to and it has stalled the process.