Even while 90 degree temperatures scorch the upper Midwest, the icy relationship between the Green Bay Packers and the to-be Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre appears to be nearing total thaw.
Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy addressed the franchise's relationship with Favre during his annual meeting with reporters to discuss the team's finances.
"We're definitely going to retire his number. I really feel strongly that he deserves it," Murphy said. "The timing has to be right."
That timing does not appear to be this season.
Favre led the Title Town revival in the 1990's leading the Packers to a Super Bowl championship in January of 1997. In 2008 the Packers made Aaron Rodgers the starter after Favre continued to toy with his annual retirement decision. When he made the decision to return, the Packers had already moved on and he was sent packing to the Jets. After one year in New York, Favre signed with the Vikings causing more bad blood between himself and the franchise he helped put back on the NFL map. He led the Vikings to the NFC Championship game in 2010 and played one last season with the Vikings in 2011 before retiring after 20 NFL seasons.
Since his retirement, the relationship has continued to warm. This past February, Rodgers and Favre stood side-by-side at the NFL Honors awards ceremony in what Murphy called a "first step."
"We want to be an NFL team where all of our former players feel good about coming back," said Murphy. "He's a big part of that."
Most working theories are that the Packers want to retire number 4 before Favre is eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2016.