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Mark Murphy: Packers don't expect to retire Brett Favre's number this year

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Green Bay Packers team president Mark Murphy told Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com on Thursday that the Packers don't expect to retire Brett Favre's number this year.

At least one reason, Wilde reports, is a concern that the longtime quarterback would be booed during the ceremony.

From ESPNWisconsin.com:

"I don’t anticipate having him retire a number this season, in a game this year," Murphy said. "We have very good relations, and very good communication, but I don’t anticipate that this year."

"(The booing) is an issue. He doesn’t want it, and neither do we," Murphy said. "He wouldn’t want to come back and get booed. You can’t control 80,750 people … [but] 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 played 16 seasons in Green Bay, where he threw for 442 touchdowns and 286 interceptions. He won three straight MVPs from 1995 to 1997 and made nine Pro Bowls with the Packers.

The quarterback retired after the 2007 season - and then unretired and was traded to the Jets in 2008. His stay in New York lasted only one season. He then spent two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.

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