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Updated: August 4th, 2014 7:48am
All appears to be forgiven as Favre's number will be retired by Packers

All appears to be forgiven as Favre's number will be retired by Packers

by Judd Zulgad
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As the Green Bay Packers' wait to retire Brett Favre's No. 4 played out in recent years, there were some Vikings fans who suggested it would be great fun to have their team beat the Packers to the punch and retire Favre's number in purple.

Favre, of course, had an MVP-type season as he led the Vikings to the 2009 NFC title game.

The suggestion that Minnesota retire Favre's number was made in a joking manner, but the fact one of the greatest Packers player of all time hadn't been honored showed just how deep the rift had been between organization and player.

The bad feelings that led to Favre eventually having to end his retirement to play for the New York Jets in 2008 and Vikings in 2009 and 2010 now appear to be a thing of the past.

Favre announced on his website Sunday that he will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame and also have his jersey retired by the franchise in 2015. The Packers Hall of Fame is independent of the team, but clearly the organization signed off on this decision.

"It was a tremendous honor to play 16 years for the Green Bay Packers," Favre said in a statement. "Now to have my name placed among others such as Starr, Hornung, Kramer, Taylor, Lambeau, Nitschke, Lombardi, Davis, White and Hutson is a special honor that I share with all of my teammates and coaches, and that would not have been possible but for the foresight of Ron Wolf, the greatest GM In the history of the NFL.

"I'm truly looking forward to celebrating and sharing this special moment with all of the great fans of the Green Bay Packers."

An announcement on the plans to honor Favre will be made at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Favre, who played for the Packers from 1992 through 2007, won't be present for the announcement but will be on the phone.

Here's a story from's Rob Demovsky on the healing that has gone on between Favre and the Packers.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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