GREEN BAY–A press conference at Lambeau Field on Monday made it official: Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame and have his No. 4 jersey retired next summer.
The joint announcement was made by Perry Kidder, president of Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Inc., and Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, in an under-construction area that’ll become the new home of the Packers Hall of Fame. Favre’s induction will distinguish the re-opening of the Hall of Fame.
“Next year, in 2015, we will induct one of the Packers’ greatest players, Brett Favre, into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame,” Kidder said.
Murphy then announced Favre’s No. 4 will be retired at the Hall of Fame banquet next July. Favre’s name will appear on the north facade of Lambeau Field during a ceremony at a 2015 game to be determined.
“What stood out for me was the joy he had playing the game,” Murphy said of Favre.
“I want to congratulate Brett for these two, well-deserved honors,” former Packers president Bob Harlan said.
Harlan spoke of the bad times for the Packers that preceded Favre’s arrival in Green Bay. “In 1992, Ron Wolf, Mike Holmgren and Brett Favre came to Green Bay, and Packer pride was restored.”
“I’m speechless,” Favre said via an amplified telephone call. “It’s a dream come true. It is time to come back.”
The press conference was attended by Packers General Manager Ted Thompson and Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
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