No matter how hard it tries, Green Bay can’t escape Brett Favre, whose No. 4 was supposed to be retired Monday night.
Now, Favre plays for the New York Jets, who open their season Sunday in Miami against the Dolphins. Meanwhile, certain Packers fans paid for travel packages to be at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc. on Monday night to see Favre’s number retired.
But they will get a memento for their efforts. A picture of Favre was printed on each of the tickets for Monday night’s game against the Vikings at Lambeau. Even if the Packers wanted to change the picture on the tickets, they couldn’t.
By the time Favre decided to return, and Green Bay decided to trade him to the Jets, the tickets had already been printed. Now, they will be a collector’s item.
But it’s also only fitting that Favre should get to finish his career with the Jets. It’s where he nearly started it.
Back in 1991, then-Jets general manager Dick Steinberg, with his trusted assistant Ron Wolf, lined up a trade with the then-Phoenix Cardinals to leapfrog over Atlanta from the seventh pick in the second round to the fifth with the intention of drafting Favre.
But when the Cardinals’ turn came, the player they wanted, defensive end Mike Jones, still was on the board. They picked their guy, the Falcons picked Favre, the Jets were forced to settle for Browning Nagle and history was shaped.