Soggy weather looms for Favre, Starr

Pete Dougherty
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Green Bay Packers great Bart Starr smiles as he looks at the crowd before alumni day introductions at Lambeau Field in September 2013.

Brett Favre’s halftime ceremony and the return of Bart Starr to Lambeau Field apparently are catching a bad break with the Thanksgiving weather.

The forecast for Thanksgiving in Green Bay calls for a 100 percent chance of rain late Thursday afternoon through the rest of the night, with a high of 48 degrees and a low of 29. With the kickoff for the Green Bay Packers game against the Chicago Bears at 7:30 p.m., Favre’s ceremony unveiling his retired No. 4 likely will start around 9, when the forecast is for 34 degrees and 100 percent chance of rain.

Starr and his family arrived in Green Bay on Wednesday. He is recovering from multiple strokes and a heart attack suffered in 2014.

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Although Starr remains on track to attend the ceremony, his role in it is uncertain. There don’t appear to be any plans for Starr to be on the field before the game, and the decision as to whether he’ll be there for the halftime ceremony will be made Thursday afternoon.

Will the rain and cold make it too risky for Starr to be on the field?

"No, he's not going out there for 30 minutes, only three or four minutes," Starr's son, Bart Starr Jr., said. "He's prepared, we're ready to go. He's come too far."

Favre had hoped he, Starr and Aaron Rodgers might get together for a photograph before the game or at halftime, and Starr's son said he's hopeful that might happen.

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