Packers: Brett Favre likely won't have number retired this season

2014-07-11T07:00:00Z Packers: Brett Favre likely won't have number retired this seasonState Journal staff, wire services madison.com

The Green Bay Packers don't expect to retire legendary quarterback Brett Favre's No. 4 this year, team president Mark Murphy said Thursday.

"I don't anticipate having him retire a number this season, in a game this year," Murphy told a group of reporters, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported in this story. "We have very good relations, and very good communication, but I don't anticipate that this year."

Murphy expressed concern that Favre would get booed by Packers fans at Lambeau Field.

"That is an issue," Murphy said. "He doesn't want it, and neither do we. He wouldn't want to come back and get booed. You can't control 80,750 people. I really think as time goes on, every year that passes, it's less likely that he would get booed, but that is an issue."

Favre was booed loudly at Lambeau Field when he returned with the Vikings to play the Packers in the fall of 2009, although relations between Favre and the Packers have improved since the quarterback’s retirement from the Vikings following the 2010 season.

Murphy repeatedly has said that he would like the Packers to retire Favre’s number before his near-certain induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

When asked Thursday if he expects the Packers to retire Favre’s number in 2015, Murphy said: “Hopefully. That’s our hope.”

During an interview with Sirius XM Radio last month, Favre expressed a desire to eventually return to Green Bay to be honored.

“It’s going to happen, I’ll be back up there,” Favre said. “Again, my career in Green Bay, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It was awesome. The people were awesome, and I just think everything’s going to be fine and in my opinion it is now. It’s just a matter of getting back up there.”

Record revenue, less profit in 2013

The Packers reported another year of record revenues in 2013, but income fell after some high-priced player moves.

The NFL's only publicly owned team said Thursday that revenue rose 5 percent from 2013 to $324 million. Murphy credited the boost to another winning season that culminated with a third straight NFC North title, as well as increased revenue sharing across the league.

Total expenses increased nearly 18 percent to $298 million. The Packers still drew a net income of $25 million, but that was down 41 percent from last year.

The Packers are required to release detailed financial data as a publicly owned team.

Murphy cited a $35 million spike in player costs to a record $171 million for much of the increase in expenses.

The Packers signed franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers and star linebacker Clay Matthews to contract extensions last year. This offseason, they signed free agent defensive end Julius Peppers and re-signed cornerback Sam Shields to big contracts.

All the deals came within the 2014 fiscal year calendar, contributing to the boost in expenses.

"It's a timing issue. Last year, we kind of predicted we would have a pretty significant increase in player costs," Murphy said in a conference call. He predicted that player costs would decline next year given its cyclical nature, even if the salary cap goes up.

Player costs would also cover expenses such as benefits, training camp and travel.

But overall, Murphy said the Packers had another strong year and that the team was "in a really sound position financially for the future."

He said the team is ranked 17th in the NFL in ticket prices, but ninth in total revenue. The Packers are one of the league's marquee teams, sporting a national fan base.

Green Bay has invested in Lambeau Field in the smallest market in the NFL. After recent upgrades to the sound system and video boards, the Packers added 7,000 new seats to the south end zone, getting an $8 million boost in tickets and concession sales and a $2 million boost in sponsorships.

For 2014, the team has a new, larger pro shop. It also rededicated a plaza named after former Packers President Bob Harlan. Green Bay plans to open a new east gate to the stadium.

A 4 percent increase in national revenue to $187.7 million was due primarily to NFL Network revenue split evenly among the league's 32 teams, Murphy said.

He also spoke about plans to create a "Titletown" district west of the stadium and cited the success of a Cabela's outdoors store that just opened there last year.

"We're going to continue to invest in the stadium and areas around the stadium, and make sure that Lambeau continues to be a great asset to the organization," Murphy said.

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  1. somecleverscreenname
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    somecleverscreenname - July 12, 2014 2:38 am
    Pro Football Hall Of Fame is not team specific, like baseball. Favre will go in as a Falcon, Packer, Jet and Viking.
  2. somecleverscreenname
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    somecleverscreenname - July 12, 2014 2:35 am
    No doubt. I heard the Vikings are going to retire Deanna's purple #4 "Thanks Ted" jersey next year. Or maybe they'll wait a year or two.
  3. Maui Jim
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    Maui Jim - July 11, 2014 2:05 pm
    My only comment to those who would boo him is ......GROW UP!! He wanted to play so he went to another team that wanted him, big deal! He gave 150% for each of the 16 years he was in Green Bay and helped win them a championship. It's about time he's honored for those entertaining years. Boo him for playing for the Vikings...could it be any more childish. I feel sorry for those who do because football is just a sport and nothing more and it shouldn't be taken that seriously.
  4. Cornelius_Gotchberg
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    Cornelius_Gotchberg - July 11, 2014 11:00 am
    @w8rh3wk5;

    "...if the Packers didnt win it all and Favre did with the Vikings."

    Heh; good one.

    IF that ever happens, I will don a purple # 4 jersey AND book passage for both myself & @Crow Barr to Hades to spread Rock Salt around where it froze over.

    GO PACKERS!!

    The Gotch
  5. w8rh3wk5
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    w8rh3wk5 - July 11, 2014 10:31 am
    Any perceived negative emotions towards Fabre leaving has been scrubbed clean when the Packers won the title in 2010 and Favre never even made it to the Super Bowl in thr 3 years after GB.

    I would understand hurt feelings by the fans if the Packers didnt win it all and Favre did with the Vikings.
  6. Cornelius_Gotchberg
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    Cornelius_Gotchberg - July 11, 2014 10:18 am
    @RichardSRussell;

    Agreed; but Canton aside, OBL might as well be Jim McMahon.

    Farve crossed the Packer Nation equivalent of both the River Styx (the St. Croix) AND The Rubicon (The Mississippi) when he went to the Land of 10,000 Puddles.

    Most won't forget, I just hope they forgive.

    I've moved on and am looking back through rose-colored glasses.

    Others should consider doing likewise.

    Look at the positive; the bares reupped Cryin' Jay Cutler.

    What more could you want?

    The Gotch
  7. RichardSRussell
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    RichardSRussell - July 11, 2014 9:35 am
    ... his near-certain induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016

    Near certain? They couldn't keep Brett away from Canton if it turned out that he was Osama bin Laden playing under a pseudonym.
  8. Honorary Kentucky Colonel
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    Honorary Kentucky Colonel - July 11, 2014 8:53 am
    I may bleed Badger Red but my essence is Green-n-Gold.

    Was I majorly miffed that Favre flipped off Packer Nation? absolutely.

    Was it surreal when I saw him in August of 2008 wearing a lighter shade of pale...Green? without a doubt.

    Did I almost spontaneously combust when he started prancing in Purple? you really have to ask??

    We all know why he did it, and the genuine feeling of betrayal is a very powerfully motivating force.

    But it's self-defeating, and accomplishes less-than-nothing.

    Not having a retired # 4 go to Canton in a Packer Uniform would be like saying "introducing the new Super Bowl Champion Minnesota Vi_Queens."

    It just ain't right.

    If I can get past my cognitively dissonant feelings of being scorned, anyone can.

    I always thought the two biggest wastes of psychic energy were 'guilt & worry.'

    Line-drawn-in-the-sand anger is right up there.

    The guy lifted a moribund franchise on vital sign flickering life-support that was being read its last rights from the abyss and got it ("us" really) another Lombardi Trophy.

    Set a lot of records that will never be broken along the way.

    It's time the bury the hatchet; for me anyway.

    You never get to second base if you keep one foot on first.

    And anyone that boos the guy needs a serious checkup from the neck up.

    Just ask yourself, if it were possible to delete his contributions to the 13 Time World Green Bay Packers, would you do it?

    Could you do it?

    GO PACKERS!!
  9. kooler
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    kooler - July 11, 2014 6:08 am
    i agree with both of you. the packers are iconic and the people of green bay in particular and the state in general have a right to be proud of this storied franchise. there is not another better and sadly, never will be. it is a jewel.
    as for farvre, i was very turned off by his annual shenanigans about retirement and thought the packers made all the right moves that ended with his trade. and i have to believe karma played a role in his ignominious purple ending. that being said, he was one of the greatest qb's to ever play and what he did for the packers for so long should not be sullied by his graceless fall. he will always belong to the packers and it's time for the prodigal son to return to his rightful home. go u packers, go.
  10. River
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    River - July 10, 2014 10:36 pm
    Favre 4ever!
  11. Marcus
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    Marcus - July 10, 2014 8:54 pm
    As long as the revenue figure is high and the management team committed, the team will be competitive and the fans will be happy. It's no big secret. We are very lucky to have the Packers to root for. They are are great asset to the state.

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