GREEN BAY, WIS. – Brett Favre had one more memorable moment with the Green Bay Packers.
With cold, driving rain drenching Lambeau Field, the Packers unveiled Favre's name and retired No. 4 on the stadium facade Thursday night at halftime against the Chicago Bears.
Favre thanked his former teammates and fans as the crowd roared its approval. His family was on hand as well.
"They get to see what it's like playing at Lambeau when it's cold, windy and raining. There's nothing like it. I thank them so much for being so supportive all these years," Favre said. "And most importantly, I thank you."
There was one more special welcome for Favre when Hall of Famer Bart Starr was driven to the middle of the field on a cart. The 81-year-old Starr is recovering from two strokes and a heart attack.
The two former quarterbacks embraced. Later, Favre exchanged a handshake and hug with current quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who replaced Favre as the starter in 2008.
The long-anticipated ceremony is the latest step in a lengthy reconciliation between the Packers and Favre, the three-time MVP helped revive a struggling franchise when he arrived in 1992.
The Packers won one Super Bowl and went to another during Favre's 16 seasons, but the sides had a messy divorce with Favre waffling about retirement.
The great thaw started in July, when Favre returned to Lambeau for an emotional ceremony to retire his jersey and to be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame.