Big Weekend Arrives for Brett Favre, Joining Packers Hall of Fame

In this July 30, 2012, file photo, former NFL quarterback Brett Favre speaks to the media in Hattiesburg, Miss. Favre says he couldn't be happier to see Peyton Manning on the brink of breaking his NFL record of 508 touchdown throws. Manning has 503 heading into Denver's road game Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, against the New York Jets. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
Brett Favre made a surprise joint appearance with Aaron Rodgers at the NFL Honors award ceremony earlier this year to present Peyton Manning with his Comeback Player of the Year honor. (Photo by AJ Mast/Invision/AP)
Brett Favre made a surprise joint appearance with Aaron Rodgers at the NFL Honors award ceremony earlier this year to present Peyton Manning with his Comeback Player of the Year honor. (Photo by AJ Mast/Invision/AP)

Genaro C. Armas, Associated Press via THE DETROIT FREE PRESS

 
(The Detroit Free Press) — The great thaw is nearly complete. The big weekend in Green Bay is finally here for Brett Favre.

The former quarterback renowned for his durability and gunslinger mentality will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame and have his No. 4 jersey retired on Saturday. It’s a day some Packers fans thought they might never see.

The sides have mended their relationship after a messy split that stemmed from the “will he or won’t he retire” drama that led to a once-unthinkable exit from Green Bay in 2008.

But Saturday begins a green-and-gold celebration of a storied, 16-year tenure with the Packers that helped revive of one of the NFL’s marquee teams.

 

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