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Fitting for Brett Favre's No. 4 to be retired vs. Bears

4/21/2015

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A smile came across the face of Bus Cook a few months back when he suggested which game would be the best for Brett Favre's number retirement ceremony at Lambeau Field.

"The best game would be the Bears," Favre's long-time agent said during an interview at the NFL scouting combine in February.

Sure enough, Favre's No. 4 will go up on the Lambeau Field fa├žade on Nov. 26, when the Green Bay Packers host the Chicago Bears in a Thanksgiving night game.

It's a fitting choice given how Favre performed against the Bears.

Consider:

  • He had more touchdown passes (60) against the Bears than any other team.

  • He had more interceptions (42) against the Bears than any other team.

  • He had more wins (23) against the Bears than all but one team (he beat the Detroit Lions 26 times).

Some of those numbers came in his two seasons (2009 and 2010) with the Minnesota Vikings. Even his last NFL game, with the Vikings in 2010, came against the Bears.

As a member of the Packers, Favre compiled a 22-10 record against the Bears. He threw 53 touchdowns and 38 interceptions for the Packers against them.

When he retired from the Packers in 2008, his 25 career touchdown passes at Soldier Field were the most he had in any stadium other than Lambeau. The longest pass play of his career -- the 99-yard touchdown to Robert Brooks in 1995 -- came against the Bears. His Packers' career high for yards (402) came at Soldier Field in 1993. He would later set his single-game career high of 446 yards in 2010 with the Vikings against the Arizona Cardinals.

One of Favre's most memorable games also helped define him as the NFL's ultimate tough-guy quarterback. Coming off a badly sprained ankle that some thought would keep him out of the Nov. 12, 1995 game against the Bears, Favre not only played but threw five touchdown passes, which at the time tied a team record, in a 35-28 Packers' win. Favre went on to win the first of three straight MVP awards that season.

Two of Favre's games against the Bears were part of ESPN's list of top-10 games in Favre's career.