During an interview on the ESPN Radio affiliate in Chicago on 1000 AM on Monday, Brett Favre denied he's concerned about being booed during a potential ceremony honoring him at Lambeau Field.
"I've heard that was a concern of mine, and I'm here to tell you, I'm not worried about that," said Favre on the Carmen & Jurko show, co-hosted by Favre's former teammate, John Jurkovich. "I'm well aware that you can't please everyone. Not everyone's going to like you regardless. You know what? So be it."
Favre is responding to concerns expressed by Packers president Mark Murphy, who last week said Favre and the organization don't want to that to happen at a potential ceremony.
“That is an issue,” Murphy is quoted as saying by Bill Huber of Packer Report. “He doesn’t want (to get booed), 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 reaffirmed previous comments from past interviews by Murphy that a ceremony will take place, it's just a matter of when. The former quarterback also mentioned the role former Packers president Bob Harlan is playing as a mediary between Favre and the organization.
"The facts are that I feel that the relationship is a good relationship, and I've had contact with Mark Murphy on a regular basis in regards to how we're going to do this, the ceremony," said Favre. "Bob Harlan, as you know, the former president, is working diligently. He's kind of spearheading the Packer Hall of Fame slash jersey retirement ceremony. And I've been working with him diligently in getting this done."
Harlan, who was team president during the early year's of Favre's tenure, is currently chairman emeritus after retiring from his previous position.
Favre also said that while he will be helping to coach a high school football team in his native Mississippi, he will not be working full-time assistant as he was last year when his team won a state championship.
Murphy previously cited Favre's commitment to his high school football team as a reason he wasn't able to come to a game last season.
"I will be remembered as a Packer. I feel that," said Favre on Monday. "I think the true Packer 'backers, which are there are tons out there, feel the same way. I'm not the first player to play for other teams or rivals. I'm not the first coach to leave. It's not that big of a deal. It does happen."
Favre previously used the term "true Packers fan" in the immediate aftermath of signing with the Minnesota Vikings in 2009, a controversial comment among the Packers faithful for opining on what or what not constitutes a "true Packers fan."
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