Brett Favre: A Traitor or Confused?

Kyle ThompsonContributor IJune 10, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - MARCH 06: Quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers announces his retirement at a press conference on March 6, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Brett Favre has done so much in 16 years for the Green Bay Packers, and the fans of the Packers have done so much for him.

Why does he want to stick it to the organization and why do Packer fans dislike him so much? 

I have always been a Favre Fan, but I always have and always will be a Packers fan first. When Favre announced his retirement I was disappointed, but I knew that the Pack had a very good and reliable replacement for the immortal Favre.

I was happy he was retiring for the right reasons.

Then for a couple of months it was silent. It was like the calm before the storm. About two or three months after his retirement Favre changed his mind; he wanted to play...DUH!!! 

Everyone knew that he wanted to continue to play, but the big question was why did he retire so soon?  He wasn't 100 percent sure. Once he announced that he wanted to make a comeback, that is when the problems started.

Favre thought that he should be able to come back to the Packers and have his starting QB position given to him on the spot. Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy did not agree. They told him he could have every chance to win the job in a competition with A-Rod. 

Well, Favre wasn't about to have any of that. He thought after everything he had done for the city of Green Bay and the team he should just get what he wanted.

He was wrong, although some people thought he should be given the job back because of all the stuff he had done in the past. 

The NFL is a business and it is all about "What have you done for me lately?"  When I say that, the argument is (in a snotty voice), "Well, they were 13-3 a year ago and were one win away from the Super Bowl."

Very true, but when it came to crunch time, in the most important game of the season, Favre folded. He crumbled under the pressure. He didn't want to be the one to make the play. For the first time in his career he looked scared, as though he was asking, "Someone else please do this for me. I don't want to make a mistake."

After Favre was told he wasn't going to be handed his job back and that he was actually going to have to work for it, he asked to be released. And he was very vocal about it.

Well, TT wasn't going to release him, because, well, he isn't an idiot. So, he agreed to trade him. And he was eventually traded to the NY Jets.

He went on to have a sub par season, in which he was out-played statistically by his Packers replacement, Aaron Rodgers

And after a one-year stint in New York, he retired...again. 

Now everyone was thinking, "Good, he is finally done, he ruined his legacy with the Green and Gold, but oh well. This nightmare is over."

However, as Lee Corso would say, "Not so fast my friends!"

After three months of retirement, he wants to come back...again!

Will this nightmare ever end? 

He asked the Jets for his unconditional release, which was granted, and he was released. Now the only team he wants to play for is the Minnesota Vikings.

Favre doesn't really want to come back. The only reason he is looking to come back is because he is pissed at Ted Thompson and the Packers for not giving him what he thought he earned. 

Favre never wanted surgery for anything and he wasn't going to do it, but he did. The Vikings have now said that he has until the end of this week to decide. 

It is looking more and more likely that he will be a Viking. 

Now, I don't know about you, but I don't necessarily look at Favre as a traitor. I think he is more a confused old man who doesn't know when to give something up—when there is nothing left to give to a game he has given his all to.

I was told that if Favre becomes a Viking that an anonymous Packers fan would be willing to start a petition to keep the retiring of Brett Favre's number as a Packer.  I don't know if I would be able to sign that petition. 

Favre has done so much for the team I love and has so many records, but the fact that he is coming back only to try and stick it to the organization who used to praise him and the land he walked on is almost too much.  

In the end, I would probably end up hating Favre for the rest of my life, and I don't think there is any way in the world I could sign that petition.

Favre was a player everyone always rooted for because he was just a kid playing a game he loved—a superstar everyone felt like they could relate to. But now it seems like he didn't play for the love of the game, for the fans, or the team. The only person Brett Favre seems to care about is himself.


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