Brett Favre: Should #4 Join an Elite Crew of Packers & Have His Number Retired?

J FCorrespondent IMay 12, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 21:  Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers walks off the field after throwing an interception against the Minnesota Vikings on December 21, 2006 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Vikings 9-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Despite all of the rich history involved with the Green Bay Packers, only a few legendary men have had their numbers retired at City Stadium and Lambeau Field since 1919.

Five numbers are no longer in use by Titletown's team because it simply impossible for anyone to fill the shoes of these all time greats and they deserved to be honored.

It is safe to say that Brett Favre is also worthy of this honor despite everything he put the franchise through during his departure. However, President Mark Murphy has declared that the Packers' management will wait until No. 4 is absolutely and undoubtedly retired to enshrine in his number in a ceremony at Lambeau.

Whenever this event transpires, it will be the final reconciliation between Brett and bitter Packers fans who have held a grudge against the gunslinger since he joined the Jets.

Favre gave the Packers 16 exciting and productive years at the most important position in football and no matter what occurred off the field, he should be remembered for all he accomplished in Green Bay.

To see anyone else wearing his number in a Packers' uniform would just be plain wrong.

It remains to be seen if Favre will attempt yet another comeback, but when he finally calls it quits he join a select few of Packer legends.

The first player to ever receive the honor was the first star receiver in the NFL, Don Hutson (No. 14). The second was Tony Canadeo (No.3) who also played quarterback, but mostly contributed as a running back.

There will be even greater debate when Favre joins the third Packer to have his number retired, No. 15 Bart Starr. I can only imagine how the arguments will begin anew about which man was the better QB.

The last two retired numbers were worn by defensive monsters, linebacker Ray Nitschke (No.66) and defensive end, Reggie White (No. 92), who helped Favre win a Super Bowl in 1996.

Interestingly enough, Curly Lambeau's number one was never retired although it hasn't been used since he founded the team and served as a player and coach.

There is little doubt that Brett Favre is deserving of this honor as well. Now the only question is when.