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Favre is scheduled to induct longtime teammate and friend — retired Packers center Frank Winters

Even with a media storm surrounding the three-time MVP, Brett Favre remains on the bill for the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame induction banquet Saturday, and organizers say they do not expect his presence to overshadow the honors.

Favre is scheduled to induct longtime teammate and friend — retired Packers center Frank Winters.

"We had a conversation with (Winters) and they, of course, are best of friends and we have been assured Brett will be there to present Frank Winters," Hall of Fame vice president Dennis Tattum said Tuesday.

"I don't think in our hearts there was a concern, only because of the deep friendship and relationship that bonds Frankie Winters and Brett Favre together," Tattum said. "Personally, from what I understand, they just did not look at (backing out) as an option. Favre had made a commitment to his best friend, and that was it."

Favre, who announced his retirement at a tearful news conference March 6, sent the Packers administration a letter last week asking for an unconditional release and said he plans to seek reinstatement. Over the weekend, Packers General Manager Ted Thompson said that if Favre wants to continue his career, the team would welcome him, but his role remained unclear. Thompson has publicly tabbed Aaron Rodgers as the team's starter for this season.

In an interview with Fox News on Monday, Favre said the welcome mat was not laid out for him as neatly as the Packers have suggested, and he would not return as a backup.

Favre said it remains unclear where he will play this year — if at all.

Tattum said he wasn't worried the Favre maelstrom could overshadow the honors for Winters, former Packers nose tackle Gilbert Brown and team video director Al Treml, all of whom are to be inducted into the team's hall of fame at the sold-out, $125-a-plate banquet.

Tickets for the 38th annual induction banquet were sold out in March, long before Winters selected Favre as his presenter and before Favre's retirement indecision surfaced.

"I think the interest, the honor and the tradition of what's going on inside is not going to change," Tattum said. "Sure there's going to be curiosity. But if it wasn't for Favre, they'd probably be talking about the price of gas per gallon."

Tattum said he expects the 1,300-person guest list — heavily salted with sponsors, corporate business types and inductees' families — will comprehend what's at stake with the Favre issue.

"They understand what's involved as far as planning and working toward the future and what has to be done to make this ball club competitive," Tattum said. "I think with the security we have for our banquet and how things are set up, it's not going to overshadow the inductees inside the facility. What happens outside is something beyond my control."

Presenters will make statements about the inductees, but will not field questions, according to the media advisory issued for the event.


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