By: Joe Strupp
Green Bay, Wis., is some 1,100 miles from Gulfport, Mississippi. But that didn’t seem to matter to The Sun Herald, Gulfport’s hometown paper, which gave up its entire front page to a salute of retiring Green Bay Packer Brett Favre.
Packer fans know the reason, of course, Favre was born in Gulfport and his NFL accomplishments have turned many Mississippians into Green Bay fans. For that, the paper published a photo of Favre’s #4 jersey hanging in a locker across Page One with the headline, “Thanks, Brett.”
In Green Bay, meanwhile, the Green Bay Press-Gazette published a 12-page special section wrap around on Favre in today’s paper. The Gannett-owned daily also delivered today’s special edition to all subscribers, including weekend-only home delivery customers.
The special edition comes a day after the Press-Gazette published an afternoon extra edition with 12 pages of coverage on Tuesday. The edition sold for $1 per copy and was available only to single-copy customers.
Copies of the extra edition are already appearing on Ebay.com, with some seeking up to $19.95 for the special sections. At least 50,000 copies were printed on Tuesday hours after Favre’s retirement following 16 seasons was announced.
“We’ve had 24 special pages in the last 24 hours,” said Press-Gazette Editor John Dye. “It has been a blast to report on this and we are gearing up for some more pages in Sunday’s paper.”