Favre, Fans Celebrate Return to Lambeau
Quarterback was Inducted to Team Hall of Fame and had Number Retired
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As Brett Favre took his place in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame inside Lambeau Field’s Atrium, the real party took place inside the stadium itself.
Before the ceremony, Favre stepped back out on to Lambeau Field for the first time since 2010. It was a chance for the quarterback to say good-bye to all the Packer fans, after 16 years of memories.
“There is nothing like this place, there is absolutely nothing like it,” Favre told the crowd of roughly 67,000 fans. He also created one more Lambeau moment, after a career of them.
“It gave me goose-bumps, II had some tears,” said Packer fan Stacy Pedrin. “I’m not going to lie, it was pretty cool to see.”
Pedrin wasn’t the only emotional fan.
“I was about to cry,” said Kenny Phillips. “Brett Favre was the greatest thing to happen to the Green Bay since Lombardi.”
Favre addressed the crowd for about a half hour and more than once an emotional Favre told fans how honored he was they came to see him.
“I have to admit, I am a little embarrassed all this is for me,” Favre said of the reception. “I can sit here and tell you “thank you” until tomorrow, and it wouldn’t be enough.”
However fans also got to thank Favre. Pedrin and others, even some broke prior commitments.
“I ditched my family reunion for this.,” said Pedrin. “We had to do it, we said it was a once in a lifetime. It’s something you’ll never forget.”
But what about the 2009 and 2010 seasons, when Favre wre the purple of the rival Minnesota Vikings? No sweat, according to Phillips.
“That’s all business, me and Brett, we’re like this,” he said, crossing his fingers.
There’ll be one more chance to see Favre in November, when he’s added to Lambeau’s Ring of Honor, but for Favre and the fans, this return was special.