Dear Brett Favre: Enough Is Enough

Taylor RobinsonCorrespondent IMay 13, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 28:  Brett Favre #4 of The New York Jets looks to pass against The Miami Dolphins during their game on December 28, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

I can understand panicking after the first retirement in 2008. It seems almost natural Brett Favre would have had second thoughts about leaving the sport he played for so many years.

But seriously, again? This really has to stop.

As a Bears fan, I have hated Favre’s very existence for years.

However, as much as I hated him, I equally respected him.

Anyone who has that kind of love and passion for what they do deserves respect. Favre was the kind of player for whom I couldn't help but pull, the kind of player who wanted to leave the game better than when he came to it.

The pain and difficulty of leaving a game he loved so much is understandable.

That is not what is happening here, though.

Favre never wanted to be a New York Jet. He went to the Jets because he wanted to prove that he could still get the job done, regardless of where he played. Now, he wants out and has a destination in mind.

By "retiring" from the Jets, Favre is screwing the Jets out of an elite quarterback and the Packers out of draft picks. He shouldn't be rewarded by being sent to play for the Vikings, who have what looks to be a tough team this year.

If anything, he should be fined for breaking a contract.

If he wants to play for the Vikings, then great. Play for the Vikings.

Any other player would have to be traded. Just because Favre is a well-respected quarterback does not excuse him from the obligations he has to this organization.

He is disrespecting an organization that has given him everything, the organization he claims to love.

Please, stop before you ruin your own reputation, or, even worse, the reputation of your sport.

Not to mention the fact that I'm pretty sure we're all tired of hearing about your retirements and then your coming-out-of-retirements.