Brett Favre: Returning to Lambeau when Packers face Bears the ‘right fit’
Brett Favre will be welcomed back with open arms into the Green Bay Packers family when he returns to Lambeau Field for the unveiling of his retired No. 4 jersey on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 26.
The evening will mark Favre’s long-awaited reconciliation with the Packers organization, one caused by dalliances with the New York Jets and division rival Minnesota Vikings that turned the formerly beloved quarterback into a Cheesehead outcast.
To make the night that much more memorable, Favre indicated during a conference call on Wednesday to promote his upcoming flag football game that the fact Green Bay’s opponent will be the Chicago Bears will add a certain mystical and fitting relevance to the festivities.
“I felt like that was the right fit,” he said, via ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky. “The tradition and the history between the Bears [and Packers] dates back long before any of us were around. Just some fun games and rivalries over the years, and so being a Thanksgiving game, just the magnitude of that in itself is huge. And to me, it’s just the right fit, the right choice.”
Not only do the Bears and Packers enjoy one the longest rivalries in NFL history, Favre enjoyed great success when facing the Monsters of the Midway. All told, Favre played against the Bears 36 times (32 as a member of the Packers), boasting 23-13 record with 60 touchdowns and a very gunslinger-like 42 interceptions.
Discussing his upcoming flag football event, “Brett Favre’s Legends Game,” to be held on July 19 at the University of Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium — although Favre was hoping to hold it at Lambeau so he could have one last go-round on the field –the 45-year-old quarterbacking great provided a distinctly Favre-ian quote when asked if the charity flag football game may stoke his competitive juices for a return to NFL football.
“Anything is possible,” he said. “But we have to wear flags next year. I don’t know if they’ll let me do that. Although you guys are pretty secure at quarterback up there right now.”
Forever the gunslinger. And one thing is for certain: Even when Favre plays flag football, he’s just having fun out there.