Fans flood Green Bay mayor's inbox with ideas for Favre's return

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay fans are coming up with plenty of ways for the city to mark the dubious homecoming of Packers hero-turned-Vikings villain Brett Favre.

Since posting a link on the city's Web site soliciting ideas to "tastefully" welcome Favre back for Sunday's game at Lambeau Field, the office of Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt has received about 1,600 e-mails, according to communications director Andre Jacque.

Among the fans' suggestions was holding a ceremony to retire the Packers' No. 4 jersey in honor of former quarterback Chuck Fusina, who threw 32 passes in seven games for Green Bay in 1986 -- or scheduling a ceremony to retire No. 4 for Favre and calling it off at the last minute.

The mayor will announce the top four welcome-back ideas later this week.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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