Updated: Friday, 16 Oct 2009, 6:43 PM CDT
Published : Friday, 16 Oct 2009, 5:44 PM CDT
GREEN BAY - Green Bay's mayor is planning a homecoming, but you won't need a fancy dress or tuxedo for this event. The mayor wants a welcome back homecoming for one of Green Bay’s most famous football players, Brett Favre. But not all Packers fans are keen on that idea.
On November 1st, for the first time, Brett Favre will walk out on Lambeau field as an opponent. But Mayor Jim Schmitt said he wants to welcome back the former Green Bay quarterback.
"I'm interested to see what we could and should do here I think it's an opportunity to show how classy this community is," said Schmitt.
Schmitt said he's received homecoming ideas from the public that include creating the world’s biggest waffle in the shape of a number four to naming a beer after Favre.
Schmitt said he'll use the top four ideas before the November 1st game. Some residents are in full support of a homecoming. Arketype Inc. President Jim Rivett even came up with this sign to show his support for the returning player.
"There's gotta be some way to kind of send a message, no matter which way you feel about it. It's about sportsmanship it's about taking the high road and it's about respecting what somebody has done for your community," said Rivett.
The sign outside Arketype sports a half purple, half green jersey that says "color doesn't matter.” But not all Packers fans are willing to welcome Favre back.
"16 years with the GB Packers and he goes plays with the Vikings? Sorry I got a problem with that," said Jerry McGrath. "All our Brett Favre stuff is at St. Vincent Paul's now. We got rid of it."
Other fans find themselves torn.
"I am a Packers fan but I also am a Brett Favre fan so it's kind of an inner struggle between myself. Kind of an inner civil war going on there," said Brad Findeis.
But whether you're in support, against or neutral about the
return of number four, on Sunday November 1sthe will take the
field. And Schmitt says even though he wants to welcome Favre back,
he still hopes the Packers bring in a win.