Packers announce Favre, Wolf celebration plans
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WKBT) — Not one but two Green Bay Packers legends – quarterback Brett Favre and the man who traded for him, general manager Ron Wolf – will be honored by the team at November games at Lambeau Field.
As expected, the iconic Favre will have his name and No. 4 unveiled at halftime of the team’s Nov. 26 Thanksgiving night game against the Chicago Bears. The Packers confirmed that news Monday, after it was widely reported that the organization intended to celebrate Favre at that game. Favre is being inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame – and having his number retired – at a July 18 ceremony, but his name and number won’t be seen on Lambeau Field’s north end zone façade until the Bears game.
In addition, the Packers announced that Wolf, who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year and will be inducted in August, will have his name unveiled in the Lambeau Field ring of honor at the team’s Nov. 15 game against the Detroit Lions.
“The Packers are fortunate to have had many great players and general managers in our storied history. You would be hard pressed, though, to name any that have had a bigger impact on the organization than Brett Favre and Ron Wolf. It is fitting that they will be honored in the same season, since they teamed together to return winning football to the Packers in the ’90s,” Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to two very memorable ceremonies to honor these men for their accomplishments.”
Favre’s No. 4 will become the sixth number retired by the historic franchise, joining Don Hutson’s No. 14, Tony Canadeo’s No. 3, Bart Starr’s No. 15, Ray Nitschke’s No. 66 and and Reggie White’s No. 92. The game will be the Packers’ first Thanksgiving game at home since 1923 and will feature the continuation of the most storied rivalry in NFL history, during which Favre went an impressive 22-10 against the Bears.
“It will be an incredible honor to be in Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving night with Packers fans and have my name and number placed among the greatest players in Packers history,” Favre said. “With the great history and tradition of the Packers-Bears rivalry, and remembering the great matchups we had during my career, it seems only fitting to have Chicago as the opponent.”
Wolf, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 8 in Canton, Ohio, will be presented with his Hall of Fame ring and see his name join those of the Packers’ other 22 Hall of Famers. .The Packers’ most recent Hall of Fame inductee, Dave Robinson, had his name added to the ring in 2013.
Wolf had his name placed on the façade in the northeast corner of the stadium – one level below the Hall of Famers – by then-president Bob Harlan, who wanted to recognize Wolf for engineering the franchise’s 1990s renaissance.
“To be elevated and officially enshrined in football’s most glorious cathedral will put an exclamation point on my pro football career,” Wolf said. “It is an honor to be included alongside those greats that made the Green Bay Packers so unique in NFL history.”
The Packers-Lions game is part of the gold season ticket package, held by former Milwaukee County Stadium season ticketholders. The Packers-Bears game is a green package game, held primarily by longtime Lambeau Field ticketholders.
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