Favre, Packers-Bears on Thanksgiving night
The Packers are planning a special Thanksgiving celebration for the 2015 season.
Three sources told Press-Gazette Media that the Packers are planning to unveil Brett Favre's No. 4 on the façade at Lambeau Field in a ceremony during their Thanksgiving night game in Week 13 against the Chicago Bears.
The sources couldn't 100 percent confirm the date because some details needed to be finalized. But barring the unforeseen, Favre's number that night will join the Packers' five other retired numbers on the Lambeau façade: Don Hutson's No. 14, Tony Canadeo's No. 3, Bart Starr's No. 15, Ray Nitschke's No. 66 and Reggie White's No. 92.
ESPN.com first reported that the Packers will be playing the Bears at home on Thanksgiving night, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported the Favre ceremony.
Packers president Mark Murphy said last week he'd talked with the league office regarding scheduling around Favre's number unveiling. The Packers were looking for a fitting opponent and national prime-time setting to honor their legendary quarterback.
Favre was 22-10 with the Packers against the Bears in his career.
The Packers Hall of Fame will induct Favre on July 18, and the team will officially retire his No. 4 jersey on the same day. Favre will be eligible for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2016.
The number unveiling on Thanksgiving will be the first time Favre has attended a game at Lambeau since the 2010 season when he was with the Minnesota Vikings. Favre was scheduled to attend a game last season with former Packers quarterback Bart Starr, but his appearance was cancelled because Starr was too ill to make the trip.
Since 2007, the Packers have played a Thanksgiving game every-other year. Each was held in Detroit, where the Lions host an annual Thanksgiving Day game. The Packers have not hosted a Thanksgiving game since 1923, a 19-0 win over the Hammond Pros.
The Packers also hosted an intra-squad scrimmage on Thanksgiving in 1949 to raise money that kept the franchise afloat financially.
-- Pete Dougherty contributed to this report.
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