When Mark Murphy was asked on Thursday about retiring Brett Favre’s number, the team’s president and CEO replied, “Probably in a year or two. We want to do it at a time that’s meaningful to him.” Huh? Am I reading this correctly? Murphy wants to honor Favre “at a time that’s meaningful to him.” Hey Mark, how about honoring Favre at a time that won’t make Ted Thompson and hundreds of thousands of fans want to vomit! By my estimation, that would put the ceremony sometime around 2020.
Look, I’ll probably hold a grudge against Favre for longer than most. Maybe that’s because I was never a huge fan of his in the first place. I always rooted for the team, and never for a specific player. I cheered just as hard for Ed West as I did for Favre. I’m also of the belief that the organization doesn’t owe Favre anything. The Packers rescued him from oblivion and then paid him over $100 million. In return, he played his ass off every week and won a lot of games, including Super Bowl 31. I never thought either side owed the other a thing – except respect. And that’s where Favre falls short, and the reason I’m in no hurry to see his No. 4 placed alongside 3, 14, 15, 66 and 92.
As far as I know, Tony Canadeo, Don Hutson, Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke and Reggie White never bashed the organization on television. As far as I know, none of those men ever manipulated their way onto the roster of a division rival with the expressed desire to stick it to the Pack. And as far as I know, none of those men ever called the GM of a division rival to give him tips on how to beat the Packers. Favre did all of those things, and probably plenty more that we don’t know about. To be honest, I don’t think his number deserves to be placed anywhere near those others, but that’s probably not realistic. At some point, No. 4 will be retired. It just shouldn’t be any time soon.