Packers to retire No. 4 -- eventually

Updated: May 12, 2011, 4:21 PM ET
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Green Bay Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy said Wednesday the team one day will retire Brett Favre's No. 4 jersey, but the team will wait a few years to make sure the quarterback is retired for good this time.

"I think it's probably going to be a few years," Murphy told Packers fans during the team's Tailgate Tour, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "We made that mistake when he first retired after the 2007 season. Ironically, we were going to retire his number and have a big ceremony at the opening game that next season against the Minnesota Vikings.

"Little did we know he'’d end up playing that season for the Jets."

Still, Murphy said Favre deserves to have his number retired for all that he accomplished with Green Bay, despite the parties' ugly split.

“Eventually, he'’ll come back into the fold," Murphy said, echoing sentiments he made in February during Super Bowl week. "He deserves that for what he did as a Packer. There are very few players in our history that had their number retired. ... But it's a very, very meaningful honor and we want to do it at a time when it’'s meaningful for both him and the organization."

So far, Favre, 41, has been consistent this offseason in his message that his career is over.

Favre said he was "done with football" when asked Wednesday if he might attempt another comeback. Favre, a spokesman for Wrangler jeans, met with employees at a Wrangler plant in Hackleburg, Ala., which was destroyed by recent tornadoes that devastated the region.

Last week, Favre told WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg that he was "starting a new career" that could see him become a coach or a television analyst. And Favre's agent, Bus Cook, told USA Today this week that Favre would be willing -- if their schedules allow -- to work with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in last month's draft.

Favre filed his retirement papers with the NFL in January after an injury-plagued 2010 season with the Vikings. However, he has "retired" twice before, only to return to the NFL shortly after the announcements.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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