Favre number retirement unlikely this year

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  • Concerns ex-QB would get booed 'an issue'
  • Murphy has said repeated he'd like No. 4 retired before Hall of Fame induction

The Green Bay Packers don't expect to retire legendary quarterback Brett Favre's No. 4 this year, team president Mark Murphy said Thursday.

"I don't anticipate having him retire a number this season, in a game this year," Murphy told a group of reporters. "We have very good relations, and very good communication, but I don't anticipate that this year."

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One concern expressed by Murphy is that Favre would get booed by Packers fans at Lambeau Field.

"That is an issue," Murphy said. "He doesn't want it, and neither do we. He wouldn't want to come back and get booed. You can't control 80,750 people.

"I really think as time goes on, every year that passes, it's less likely that he would get booed, but that is an issue."

Favre played 16 seasons with the Packers before being traded to the New York Jets in 2008. He played one season with the Jets before signing with division-rival Minnesota in 2009, sparking anger among many Packers fans.

Favre was booed loudly at Lambeau Field when he returned with the Vikings to play the Packers in the fall of 2009.

Relations between Favre and the Packers have improved since the quarterback's retirement from the Vikings following the 2010 season. Murphy has said repeatedly that he would like the Packers to retire Favre's number before his expected induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

When asked Thursday if he expects the Packers to retire Favre's number in 2015, Murphy said: "Hopefully. That's our hope."

During an interview with Sirius XM Radio last month, Favre expressed a desire to eventually return to Green Bay to be honored.

"It's going to happen, I'll be back up there," Favre said. "Again, my career in Green Bay, I wouldn't trade it for anything. It was awesome. The people were awesome, and I just think everything's going to be fine and in my opinion it is now. It's just a matter of getting back up there."

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