It looks like the Green Bay Packers have moved past a rocky ending to the Brett Favre era. Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy promised last week that the franchise would retire the iconic jersey No. 4 of the former quarterback, who spent 16 of his 20 NFL seasons in Green Bay. With Favre back in the news (not for another comeback attempt, we can only pray), ThePostGame looked at some other decorated athletes who donned No. 4.

Best Athletes To Wear No. 4 Slideshow


Bobby Orr

Perhaps the greatest defenseman in NHL history, Orr wore sweater No. 4 throughout his 12-year career. Orr won two Stanley Cups with the Boston Bruins, claiming the Conn Smythe trophy for playoff MVP both times, and has the second highest plus/minus in NHL history.


Lou Gehrig

Gehrig didn't choose his No. 4 -- it merely denoted his position in the batting order, as was customary for the era. But after 2,130 consecutive games wearing it, Gehrig and No. 4 became inextricably linked. The Murderer's Row first baseman is fifth all-time in on-base percentage and runs batted in.


Mel Ott

Like Gehrig, Ott wore No. 4 based on his cleanup-hitting position in the New York Giants batting order. In 22 seasons, 15 of them spent with No. 4 on his back, Ott tallied 511 home-runs, 1,860 RBIs and a .414 on-base percentage.


Joe Dumars

As shooting guard for the Detroit Pistons, Dumars helped forge the cutthroat defensive identity that carried the "Bad Boys" to consecutive championships in 1989 and 1990. Though Dumars doesn't wear No. 4 in his front office job, he was the architect of another Motown championship squad in 2004.


Brett Favre

The No. 4 on Favre is most identifiable in a Green Bay uniform, but he also wore it in his rookie year with the Atlanta Falcons and later with the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings. An 11-time Pro Bowler, Favre is the NFL's all-time leader in touchdown passes ... and interceptions.


Adrian Dantley

A gifted scorer in college and the pros, Dantley started out as No. 44 with Notre Dame and the Buffalo Braves before dropping one digit. Dantley wore No. 4 for most of his career before joining Dumars in Detroit and switching to No. 45. Dantley, who averaged 24.3 points in 15 NBA seasons, now works as a crossing guard in Silver Spring, Md. Nope, that's not a misprint.


Scott Stevens

One of the best defensemen in recent memory, Stevens won three Stanley Cup titles and a 2000 Conn Smythe trophy. Stevens didn't wear No. 4 before joining the New Jersey Devils in 1991, but ended up spending more than half of his 22-year career in that uniform.


Duke Snider

The Duke of Flatbush supplied middle of the order pop for several pennant winning Brooklyn Dodger teams of the 1940s and 1950s. Too bad guys named Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays played centerfield in New York around the same time.


Chris Webber

From his Michigan days to the NBA, Webber was almost always a No. 4. Although he is not yet eligible for the Hall of Fame, Webber had his jersey retired by the Sacramento Kings in 2009. With 15-year career averages of 20.7 points and 9.8 rebounds, Webber seems ticketed for Springfield eventually.


Paul Molitor

While setting the standard for future glove-challenged sluggers like Edgar Martinez and David Ortiz, designated hitter Molitor wore No. 4 for 18 of his 21 big league seasons. Unlike most hulking modern-day DHs, Molitor also brought speed to his game, swiping 504 career bags.


Ralph Kiner

Kiner was a six-time All-Star outfielder in only 10 years, donning No. 4 in eight of them. Kiner had five seasons with more than 40 home runs and six with more than 100 RBIs to finish with 369 and 1,015, respectively.


Jerry Sloan

Though better known as a coach than as a player, Sloan's career with the Chicago Bulls was good enough to have his jersey retired by the team. In fact, his No. 4 was the first number raised to the rafters in franchise history.


Dolph Schayes

One of the NBA's first great players, Schayes wore No. 4 for all 15 years of his career, 14 with the Syracuse Nationals. Big man Schayes averaged 18.5 points from 1949 to 1964.


Jean Beliveau

In 18 full seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, Beliveau, a center, won 10 Stanley Cup championships, two Hart Memorial trophies for regular season MVP, one Art Ross trophy for top point scorer and one Conn Smythe trophy. He wore No. 4 all 18 years.


Red Kelly

A defenseman from with the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs 1947 to 1967, Kelly brought a good reputation to the No. 4 uniform, winning four Lady Byng Memorial trophies for "player who displays gentlemanly conduct." Despite his well-mannered behavior, the 12-time All-Star and eight-time Stanley Cup winner was certainly no slouch on the ice.


Bill Gadsby

A defenseman with three teams from 1946 to 1966, Gadsby was an eight-time All-Star. He suited up in No. 4 for the final 16 seasons of his career.

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