MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The decision was made late last night that the Green Bay Packers will be inducting Brett Favre into their hall of fame, and retiring his iconic #4 jersey.
“Favre is one of the best quarterbacks our franchise has ever had, or the NFL has ever had, for that matter,” said Packers president and CEO, Mark Murphy. “You cannot think about the Green Bay Packers without thinking about Brett Favre, or vice versa.”
However, without making any announcements or telling anyone, the Minnesota Vikings retired Favre’s jersey this morning. Favre played for the Vikings during the 2009 season when they made it to the NFC Championship game, and the 2010 season until he ultimately got injured and forced into re-re-re-retirement.
Now that the word is out, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf has issued the following statement regarding the team’s decision to retire Favre’s number:
“Favre is one of the best quarterbacks our franchise has ever had, or the NFL has ever had, for that matter. You cannot think about the Minnesota Vikings without thinking about Brett Favre, or vice versa. Although his legacy is largely built from his 16 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, it is worth noting that he had one of his finest statistical seasons in 2009 playing for the Minnesota Vikings. It is a season that Vikings nation will never forget, and thus our best course of action was to retire Favre’s jersey and put it on display for all Vikings fans to see. We are proud to be the first team to retire the number four from our organization.”
During his 2009 season in Minnesota, Favre had the highest completion percentage of his career at 68.4%, and the highest quarterback rating of his career at 107.2. He also set the NFL record for individual mentions on Sportcenter at 4,374 in a season, roughly two mentions per episode.
Only recently told about this decision, Brett Favre expressed his appreciation.
“I want to thank the Minnesota Vikings. Maybe one of these days I’ll take the jersey out of retirement myself so I can put it back on and get back out there. Just kidding,” said Favre in a tone that made it sound like he might not be kidding.