What Favre had to say to Packers fans
Here's what Brett Favre had to say when addressing the more than 67,000 fans inside Lambeau Field on Saturday evening following a 2 1/2-minute standing ovation....
All I can say is wow. Wow. This is absolutely amazing. I don't have the words to express the feeling of coming out of that tunnel to this ovation. Thank you. Thank you so much. If there were any doubts before, there's not any. I truly thank you. My youngest daughter Breleigh – The day the tickets went on sale, she came home from school and said 67,000 tickets were sold in an hour-and-a-half. She said they must really like you.
On if it was like entering the field on game day:
It was worse – it was better but worse. I mean that with all due respect. Playing at Lambeau Field, throwing a touchdown at Lambeau Field, certainly running out of the tunnel – there's nothing like it on this earth. I'll say this I've also run out of that tunnel and that was scary. I'd much rather go out of that tunnel right there.
On if this makes you want to comeback again:
I'm going to stop right here. This is amazing. This is absolutely amazing.
On how meaningful it is to you:
How can it not? How can it not? I knew there was a lot of tickets sold. I figured there would be a lot of people in the stands, but I wasn't expecting this type of ovation. All I can say is I hope it was as much fun for them watching me as it was for me to do it every week.
On his connection to the fans:
That's a question probably better suited for the fans to answer. I think for me, everyone who watched me play knew I was having fun. I was trying my very best in every ball game. I enjoyed my teammates. When I was fortunate enough to throw a touchdown pass, I wanted to celebrate with my teammates. I wanted to celebrate with my fans. When we won, I wanted to celebrate with my teammates. I wanted to celebrate with the fans. I was never about me. I think every fan who watched felt like if they could, they would play like me. The way I answered questions and I hope the way I dealt with my teammates and the fans was real and genuine because I'd like to think it was.
On his favorite memories:
It's not so much pranks or jokes although I had a bunch. We had a lot of fun together our teammates. It's those memories as I watch that I do get emotional seeing carrying Donald Driver off the field. Watching Dorsey Levens make an incredible catch. Antonio Freeman get up off the ground right over here and score a touchdown on Monday Night Football. To me, that's what it's all about when I think about it – it's brought back some great memories being back in this stadium. I can just picture throwing a touchdown to Sterling Sharpe or Kitrick Taylor. Hitting Chmura Fox-2x on a hook. We hit that play 100 times. Seeing my linemen, seeing them on this big screen just brings back great memories. Love those guys.
On what stands out:
What I honestly think about is not so much those particular moments, it's the connection I had with the fans and the players. The bus rides, the team meetings, TV timeouts when we could just be ourselves. There's so many great games, so many great moments. To share them with these fans, believe me … I have played elsewhere. There's nothing like this place. Where else can you get this many people in a stadium when there's not a game? Where else can you get this many people when there is a game? Incredible.
On his induction into the Packers Hall of Fame:
When I look at the Packers Hall of Fame, I believe in my heart that it rivals the NFL Hall of Fame in magnitude. I look up at these names, there's tremendous tradition and history here. The greatest coach in the history of the NFL has a trophy named after him. Some of the greatest players in NFL history played for Green Bay. To be alongside Bart Starr, Don Hutson, Reggie White, Willie Wood, Willie Davis, Jerry Kramer – the list goes on and on. These guys, they're icons. I'm truly honored and blessed to not only be before you tonight but to be here forever.
On getting his jersey retired:
I'm a little bit embarrassed that all of this is for me. I really am. I loved to play football. I dreamed of playing football, I dreamed of playing in Super Bowls. I never dreamed of standing here before you in a moment like this. This is way beyond what I dreamed of.
His final comments...
I could sit here and tell you 'thank you' until tomorrow and it wouldn't be enough. I really believed that I wouldn't but I was wrong. I can't tell you 'thank you' enough. I'm honored. I want you to know that I celebrate this with you and my teammates in that room. We did this together. Believe me, I have played elsewhere. There's nothing like this place. There's absolutely nothing like it. Where else can you get this many people in a stadium where there's not a game? Where else? Where else can you get this many people when there is a game? Only here. It's incredible.
I think it was you that asked me about getting emotional today, and I really believed that I wouldn't, but I was wrong. Again, I can't tell you thank you enough. I'm honored, but I want you to know that I celebrate this with you and my teammates in that room because we did it together, and I thank you.