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Favre's return to Lambeau on hold because of Starr's health
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Favre's return to Lambeau on hold because of Starr's health

Published Oct. 22, 2014 7:08 p.m. ET

Brett Favre's first visit to Lambeau Field since his retirement is on hold because of Bart Starr's health.

Favre had hoped to attend the Green Bay Packers' Nov. 9 game against the Chicago Bears and participate with Starr in a pregame coin toss. But Starr, 80, is recovering from two strokes and a mild heart attack he suffered last month.

"We tried to set it up so we could be there with Bart, but it's not looking good," Favre said.

The Packers plan to honor Favre next summer with his July 18 induction into the team's Hall of Fame, and his No. 4 jersey will be retired at halftime of a game during the 2015 season."I'm really excited about that," Favre said in a recent phone interview from his home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he watched on TV as Peyton Manning broke his all-time record for touchdown throws Sunday night.


Favre spent 16 seasons in Green Bay, leading a revival of one of the league's iconic franchises. His tenure ended in acrimony after he changed his mind about retiring and was traded to the New York Jets in 2008. A year later, he joined the Minnesota Vikings, drawing the ire of Packers fans.

Favre retired for good after the 2010 season, his 20th in the NFL.

In 2012 and '13, Favre served as offensive coordinator for Oak Grove High School, which won the Mississippi 6A state title last December. But Favre isn't coaching this year so that he can attend his youngest daughter's volleyball games at Oak Grove, which is close to his home in Hattiesburg.

"Breleigh is a sophomore and she's a starter. So, we just didn't want to miss any games," Favre said. "I actually enjoyed coaching. I had a blast. But who knows? I may do it again when she's done playing."


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