The Brett Favre saga continues as the once storied Green Bay Packer quarterback continues to make daily headlines about a possible return to the NFL. Will he return and quarterback the Minnesota Vikings? That remains to be seen but should he? Absolutely not.
Brett Favre decided to retire, for the first time, in March 2008 as the NFL all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, and most wins by a starting quarterback. Favre told the Packers he was mentally tired and would not make a return to the NFL unless he had a legitimate shot at winning another Super Bowl.
Favre-less months went by until June, when Favre admitted he had been guilty of retiring early and made it known he wanted to make a comeback. Under heavy public scrutinity general manager Ted Thompson and the Packers made it known they had moved on with former first-round pick Aaron Rodgers as their starting quarterback.
Favre acted in a childish and immature manner creating a circus and public standoff with his former employer and forcing his way onto the Packers roster by sending in his letter of reinstatement.
The Packers, rumored to have offered as much as $20 million to Favre to stay retired, did the only thing they could do and traded Favre to the Jets. During his only season with the Jets, Favre showed flashes of his old Packer form during the first few months of the seasons, but a torn bicep and four of five losses to end the season; Favre and the Jets were sent home packing costing head coach Eric Mangini his job.
The rumors continued to fly this offseason as the Jets released Favre from the reserve/retired list. Is Brett Favre really debating another comeback, but this time with the enemy?
It should be out of the question for Favre to want to return to the NFL again, especially with the Minnesota Vikings.
Brett Favre has been the heart and soul of the Green Bay Packers since his fourth game of the 1992 season when he became starting quarterback until he retired in 2008. Favres spectacular career included 10 trips to the Pro Bowl, three first team All-Pro selections, three MVP awards, and a Super Bowl championship while setting countless records all with the Packers.
The fans have given Favre everything since his arrival; doesn't he owe it to the city of Green Bay to not join the hated rival Vikings? How devastated would the fans of Green Bay be to have Favre return to Lambeau sporting the purple and white?
Brett Favre is synonymous with the Green Bay Packers and it should stay that way. Many times veterans feel they still have it and refuse to hang it up, joining team after team, hurting their legacies. For example, Jerry Rice is arguably the greatest wide receiver in NFL history, but he continued to play team after team until retiring with the Denver Broncos in training camp. Does Favre really want to go down the same road?
As much as NFL fans would love to see Favre back in the league, he needs to keep his legacy in tact and stay home. Fans should be talking about how Favre brought greatness back to a storied Green Bay Franchise, not how Favre let his ego get the best of him and hurt his legacy by playing injury ridden, sub-par season(s) with the Jets and possibly the Vikings.
Brett Favre will be praised as a Packer-great forever but if he is to walk into Green Bay on November 1 as a member of the Minnesota Vikings, it will be a sad and regretful day for NFL fans everywhere.
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