Green Bay mayor renames Minnesota Ave. for Rodgers

Oct 28, 2009 - 10:38 PM GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The city of Green Bay is renaming Minnesota Avenue in honor of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers - for this week, anyway.

It's one of four fan-inspired suggestions Mayor Jim Schmitt has chosen to help the city take a few lighthearted welcome-back jabs at Brett Favre before Sunday's game against Favre's Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field.

Schmitt also announced an essay contest asking eighth-graders to come up with the top 12 reasons to stay in Green Bay. On Friday, the mayor and his staff will wear flip-flops and are encouraging fans to do the same. On Saturday, Schmitt will host a pep rally featuring waffle fries.

Rodgers wears jersey No. 12, and flip-flops and waffle fries are jabs at Favre's flaky attitude toward retirement.

Fans sent the mayor's office about 1,700 ideas to welcome back Favre.

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