Monday, August 4, 2014
Favre's old locker still in Goode's hands
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Goode wanted to know one thing on Monday, a day after he learned the Green Bay Packers will retire Brett Favre’s No. 4 jersey next season, when he also will go into the team's Hall of Fame.
"Am I getting a new locker?" Goode, the Packers' long-snapper, said.
For the last six years, Goode has occupied the first locker on the left upon entering the home team's changing area at Lambeau Field.
It was Favre's stall until he retired after the 2007 season.
And it was the locker that was the source of some tension between Favre and the Packers during the retirement-unretirement saga of 2008. It was general manager Ted Thompson’s idea to cut Favre's locker out and present it to him as a retirement gift.
Favre apparently didn't appreciate the gesture and as far as anyone knows, it never happened after he tried to force his way back on to the team only to have Thompson trade him to the New York Jets on Aug. 6, 2008.
Goode moved into Favre's locker just days before the 2008 season opener on "Monday Night Football" against the Minnesota Vikings and has occupied it ever since.
At first, Goode got some grief over the fact that a long-snapper replaced a legendary quarterback. Now, given that there are only a handful of players left from the Favre era, almost everyone in the room now knows it as Goode's locker.
"I knew from the equipment people and the trainers – they said something first – that it was his old locker," said Goode, who made his first NFL roster that summer. "And then the players started picking up on it."