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The Green Packers made it official on Monday: Brett Favre's name and retired number will indeed go up on the Lambeau Field façade on Thanksgiving night against the Chicago Bears.
The news was first reported last Tuesday, when the NFL schedule was released.
"It will be an incredible honor to be in Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving night with Packers fans and have my name and number placed among the greatest players in Packers history," Favre said in a statement released by the team. "With the great history and tradition of the Packers-Bears rivalry, and remembering the great matchups we had during my career, it seems only fitting to have Chicago as the opponent."
Favre's number will be formally retired on July 18, when he is inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame, but it won't be added to the stadium until the Nov. 26 ceremony.
Also, the Packers announced former general manager Ron Wolf's name will be added inside the stadium next to the team's other Pro Football Hall of Famers during the Nov. 15 game against the Detroit Lions.
"To be elevated and officially enshrined in football's most glorious cathedral will put an exclamation point on my pro football career," Wolf said in the team's announcement. "It is an honor to be included alongside those greats that made the Green Bay Packers so unique in NFL history."
Wolf was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year and will be inducted on Aug. 8.
"The Packers are fortunate to have had many great players and general managers in our storied history," Packers president Mark Murphy said. "You would be hard pressed, though, to name any that have had a bigger impact on the organization than Brett Favre and Ron Wolf. It is fitting that they will be honored in the same season, since they teamed together to return winning football to the Packers in the '90s. We're looking forward to two very memorable ceremonies to honor these men for their accomplishments."
Former greats will be honored during game against Chicago on Thanksgiving night.