Future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre will definitely have his No. 4 retired by the Green Bay Packers. It just won’t be happening during the 2013 season.
Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy made it clear Tuesday after his annual meeting with reporters to discuss the team’s finances that retiring Favre’s number is important to the franchise but it won’t be happening this season.
“I don’t anticipate that, no,” said Murphy, via ESPN Wisconsin.
“We’re definitely going to retire his number. I really feel strongly that he deserves it. (But) the timing has to be right.”
Murphy was unable to explain what would constitute the timing being right.
“I can’t tell you exactly what time might be right,” Murphy said. “But I am optimistic that you will see it.
“We want to be an NFL team where all of our former players feel good about coming back. And he’s a big part of that.”
Favre spent 16 seasons in Green Bay. The quarterbacks relationship with the Packers turned sour when he came out of retirement in 2008 and was traded to the New York Jets. Favre signed with the Packers’ NFC North rival, the Minnesota Vikings, a season later, further damaging their relationship.
However, since Favre and his successor, Aaron Rodgers, shared the stage at the NFL Honors award ceremony in February, Murphy and Favre have been in communication.