Brett Favre saw his Hall of Fame locker lined with a Green Bay Packers and a Vikings jersey for the first time Friday morning at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. He said the display was “pretty cool,” but insisted he didn’t know it would acknowledge the Vikings, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
“Who was that that asked me? [ESPN’s] Ed Werder. He said, ‘How do you like your display,’ and I said, ‘I don’t even know what the hell you’re talking about. So I finally saw it this morning,’ ” Favre told the Journal Sentinel.
Though Favre didn’t overreact to the display, he knew Packers fans wouldn’t be happy.
“Green Bay fans probably don’t like the Vikings jerseys,” he said.
The Journal Sentinel quotes several angry Green Bay fans that saw Favre’s locker Friday.
Pete Fierle, the vice president of communications for the Pro Football Hall of Fame told ESPN that the Hall’s curatorial staff selects the artifacts for the exhibit and players don’t have any input.
Hall of Fame officials said the Vikings jersey was worn by Favre when he broke Jim Marshall’s NFL record for consecutive starts. The Packers jersey is the one Favre wore when he broke the NFL career touchdown pass record.
Favre played 16 seasons with the Packers and two more with the Vikings. His 2009 season with the Vikings was among his best, leading the team to the NFC Championship game.
Fierle told WBAY Green Bay “No doubt Brett is referred to as a Green Bay Packer, but part of our job is to tell the whole history of the game, and our job is to tell the impact Brett Favre had on the history of the NFL. … And some Packers fans are a little upset about that Vikings jersey in there, but that Vikings jersey, it is a jersey Brett Favre wore when he set the NFL record for most consecutive starts, and that to me is one of the most amazing records in the history of the NFL because we’re talking about a quarterback.”