Brett Favre inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame

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What an emotional moment it was, as a 3 time MVP Quarterback Brett Favre entered the Lambeau Field for the first time in 5 years as the crowd couldn’t get enough of him, rewarding him with a standing ovation that lasted over 4 minutes as he steps on the field, it all started to sink in, flashbacks of his past career, so many moments, glories, defeats, pain, joy, and last but not least achievements. Following 7 years of exile, the moment was, to say the least, electrifying.

“I didn’t have that ‘Oh, I’m back where it started’ type until I walked into the tunnel,” Favre said. “(When) I walked in coming in from the field, up the tunnel, took a left, went into the double doors, it was like I never left. It was a great feeling.

“It’s kind of funny how things are triggered. And then it was kind of a sigh of relief almost. Staying at the Radisson, lord knows how many times we’ve done that. I almost felt like ordering me a cheeseburger and fries as I did before every game. It started kind of settling back in as being normal again.”

Let’s revisit the past for a moment and go back to the summer of 2008 and the ugly separation between the Packers and Favre. To refresh your memory, Favre had decided to retire after the 2007 season and to unretire in 2008, but by then the Packers had already moved on with Aaron Rodgers as their starting quarterback…

When Favre returned as a Green Packers opponent in 2009, the fans couldn’t stop booing him from out of the tunnel, Favre was part of the fabric of the Packers and the feeling of betrayal was strong among the fans.

It was a much different crowd that was expecting him on Saturday, the fans devotion and cheers was almost palpable.

Over 67,000 tickets to his induction ceremony sold in a record time, that’s when Breleigh, his youngest daughter, commented, after hearing the news, “They must really like you.”

“It really says a lot about the whole situation,” Favre said. “If there were ever any doubts prior to the tickets going on sale, they’re not anymore. And what a way to show that you’re welcomed back into the family. Just what an honor. And I’ll be honest with you, I mean no disrespect by this, I am more honored by that than by the Hall of Fame induction in itself. I think that is such a tribute to the fans, and that’s why Green Bay is Green Bay. Simple as that.”

Being an essential part of the resurrection of the Packers and not letting the 2008 episode tarnish the 16 years spent in Green Bay, that was the underlined message of the Packers family as coach Mike Holmgren, former general manager Ron Wolf, team president Bob Harlan and center Frank Winters who presented him during Saturday night’s ceremony were standing behind Favre that evening.

“I haven’t missed football. I’ve missed Mike chewing my butt, rooming with Frank, bus rides,” Favre said. “We used to have a good time cutting up with all the coaches. We never picked on Mike, but we were able to pick on some of the others. And that’s what I miss. I don’t miss third-and-15 in the end we haven’t won a game there in eight years. I don’t miss that. I miss the camaraderie with the guys. I miss the things that Reggie told me I would miss and he’s right. It’s less about the game and more about the people.”

Favre wants to be remembered as the quarterback who lived and died on every play.

“I know we’re here because of football. I understand that,” Favre said. “I think what I did was pretty good. I think it was fun to watch. It wasn’t always great, but it was fun to watch. But a good man, who has definitely made a lot of mistakes.

“I’d like to think that when they look at my career or watch me play that they thought, ‘That’s the way I would do it. If I could play, I would do it that way.”

Brett is the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 70,000 yards, over 6,000 completions, and over 10,000 pass attempts.

“I had a dream of playing pro football. No different than anybody else across the country,” Favre said. “I never dreamed of being in the Hall of Fame. Never dreamed of having my jersey retired. Never dreamed of Pro Bowls. Yes, did I dream of playing in the Super Bowl? Absolutely. I often dreamed about what it would be like to run out of a tunnel and people chant your name.

“All my dreams have come true and then some.”

Honoring Brett Favre for his football accomplishments, giving him his due place in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and retiring his No. 4 jersey, is what Saturday’s events were about.

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