Brett Favre knew this day would finally arrive. In a special ceremony at Lambeau Field during the halftime of the Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers Thanksgiving night football game, the Packers will honor Favre for his 16 years of dedication and leadership in guiding Green Bay under the win column.
Retiring a players jersey is a lifetime achievement and No. 4 will hang in Lambeau Field with other Green Bay greats.
Brett helped resurrect a losing franchise into Super Bowl Champs.
Favre came a long way from playing high school football at Hancock North Central High School. He traded in his high school jersey No. 10 for No. 4 at Southern Miss and made that number a fan favorite. No. 4 became even more famous in Green Bay.
I still remember sitting in the stands in the Superdome on January 26, 1997 and watched a young Brett Favre lead Green Bay past New England 35-21 in Super Bowl XXXI.
I can still picture Favre taking off his helmet and running off the field, filled with excitement after tossing a 54 yard touchdown strike to give Green Bay a first quarter lead.
He said it was a play that San Francisco called...59 Razor.
Favre said, "I sat in that hotel room all week and Super Bowl week they have just endless Super Bowl replays, games, plays and I can't tell you how many times I had seen Joe Montana that week check to 59 Razor in the Superdome and hit Jerry Rice for a touchdown."
He added, "I checked to it. I hope Andre Rison runs the post. I hate to say it, it was sought of drawn up in the dirt. And when I let it go, he ran a perfect post. I played with Andre in Atlanta. He had 130 catches, but he ran a perfect route and it just dropped right in there. And that's what I was thinking when I ran off the field. Are you kidding me, you know, I have been dreaming of this all week and it happened. Yeah, I was excited, not to mention in the Super Bowl, second or third play of the game.
Packer fans will show their appreciation for what Favre accomplished in Green Bay and it will be a special Thanksgiving for Favre and his family.
I am thankful that I had the chance to watch a talented high school football player from the Kiln, develop into an outstanding college quarterback at Southern Miss and later become one of the all-time great NFL quarterbacks.
Congratulations Brett! You deserve the biggest honor a player can achieve by having your jersey No. 4 retired.
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