February 09, 2011
In Wisconsin, the barns they are a-changin'.
For years, the famed "Favre barn" on Highway 10/45 in Winnebago County has honored former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre(notes), even after he was traded to the New York Jets and signed with Green Bay's rival in Minnesota. It wasn't until Favre's successor, Aaron Rodgers(notes), took the team to the Super Bowl that the barn's owner finally decided to honor the team's new quarterback, as reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Last week, Patti Schroeder added Rodgers' No. 12 to the top of the barn, noting that "#12 is 3 x #4." The barn had first read "4 ever in our ♥" during Favre's tenure with the team, referencing Favre's No. 4 jersey. Schroeder split the heart when Favre left the team, but kept up the tribute throughout his time with the Vikings.
Once Rodgers led Green Bay to the Super Bowl, it was time for a change. With the help of some neighbors and a 40-foot ladder, she changed the message by attaching pieces of old advertising signs from a gas station she co-owns. A reference to Favre still remains, but Schroeder says it's clearly "Mr. Rodgers' neighborhood" now.
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