It's often lost, now, amid the replays of BMWs being chased down the highway by helicopters, but Brett Favre was once a pretty good quarterback for the Packers. Pretty, pretty, pret-ty good even. Good enough that one day he'll be enshrined in Canton.
Before that happens, Packers CEO Mark Murphy plans to have Favre's number retired.
"I am often asked questions about Brett Favre, and specifically whether we will retire his number,” Murphy wrote. "We do want to bring Brett back into the fold, and plan on retiring his number. He deserves to have his number retired for what he accomplished, and meant to the Packers, during his time here. I thought Aaron Rodgers and Brett jointly presenting the Comeback Player of the Year Award at the NFL Honors program was a great first step. It is really just a question of timing in terms of retiring his jersey.
"The timing has to be right for both Brett and the organization. Brett will be a first ballot Hall of Famer in 2016, and we would like to retire his number prior to his induction."
The divorce between Favre and the Packers was ugly with a capital U -- he retired as a member of the Vikings, the closest thing to Judas in the world of the NFL. Favre's stint with the Jets wasn't pretty either, and everything aside from the Vikes run to the NFC Championship Game muddled for many of this generation what was an otherwise unfathomably great quarterbacking career.
“I know that many of our fans were upset that Brett played for the Vikings,” Murphy wrote. “As time goes by, though, I think wounds are healed and people focus more on the great things he did for the team during his 16 years here. As the recent signings by Greg Jennings and Desmond Bishop show, many players in the League go on to play for rivals later in their careers."
Jennings departure to Minnesota means a lot less to Packers fans but that's mainly because Jennings means a lot less to Packers fans period. And slowly, the Packers and Favre have begun to make football amends.
If you watched Favre do Favre things with the Packers, you understand the vitriol from green and gold fans when it came to No. 4's exit from football. It's easy to pin the problems of Packers vs. Favre on Brett, but modern media and the business of football had a lot to do with it too.
Let's not forget that Favre won 160 games with the Packers during his 16 years as starting quarterback. Clearly Murphy's not stubborn enough to do so. Most rational Packers fans won't be either, and if Favre's number is retired it'll end up being a good thing for everyone involved.