Brett Favre calls reception from Packers fans a highlight of his career

MADISON, Wis. -- This one won't appear in any record books, but in Brett Favre's mind, his induction into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, the retirement of his No. 4 jersey number, and the standing ovation he received from the 67,000 fans at Lambeau Field on Saturday will go down as one of the highlights of his storied NFL career.

"That's got to rank right up near the top," Favre said Sunday after his charity flag football game at the University of Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium. "The emotions were far greater than what I thought they were going to be. And that's a tribute to the fans. It really is. [It was] amazing.

"I feel like I'm back home. I can't stress to you how overwhelming yesterday was not only for me, but for my family. What a great feeling."

It ended Favre's seven-year separation from the Packers after a 16-year career in Green Bay that included all three of his MVP awards and a Super Bowl title.

"I think it made him a little at peace to come back and to get it done," said Favre's brother, Scott, who also played in Sunday's game. "There's been that little feeling in there of animosity people think on both sides, but coming back I think it eased him a little bit. After last night, I'm sure he had to feel a great sense of relief because I know he was nervous and anxious, all that.

"He even said, 'I didn't plan on getting emotional out there.' But how could you not? I was. I looked around and our whole family had tears."

Favre is scheduled to make his next appearance in Green Bay on Thanksgiving night, when his No. 4 will be placed on the Lambeau Field fa├žade alongside the Packers' other five retired numbers. He is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame next year.

On Sunday, a crowd of 22,497 watched Favre and several of his former teammates take on a team of NFL legends quarterbacked by Donovan McNabb in a flag football game. As Favre said, "Obviously, we were not here to watch stellar football."

But Favre did throw touchdown passes to Antonio Freeman and Dorsey Levens -- and yes, he threw an interception -- and his team held on for a 38-32 win.

"I had to get adjusted to catching that Brett Favre fastball again," Freeman said.

It won't be a regular thing, though.

"I don't believe I'll be making a comeback," Favre said. "My feet are killing me. But it was fun to be with the guys."