The Green Bay Packers are going to retire Brett Favre’s number. They keep blathering on about that. It just won’t be this year.
Packers president Mark Murphy was cornered by the media yesterday when he was announcing the organization’s financials and asked about said ceremony. Murphy had previously stated the team will retire No. 4 sometime before Favre goes into the Hall of Fame in 2016.
“I don’t anticipate that,” Murphy said Tuesday when asked if Favre’s jersey could be retired during the 2013 season.
So that narrows it down to the 2014 or 2015 season. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place in August before the NFL season kicks off, so if the Packers are doing this before Favre’s induction, those are the remaining options.
So when, Mark?
“I think the more time passes, wounds heal,” Murphy said. “I can’t tell you exactly when the time might be right. I am optimistic that you’ll see it.”
We’ve speculated that the Packers may retire Favre’s number as soon as next season. Will that be enough time for those wounds to heal? Probably not for us.
But the organization has its own agenda and a lot of time that doesn’t jive with people who pay the bills, like us.