The Truth About Brett Favre's Legacy

Anthony MoreniContributor IJune 21, 2009

The year was 1997.

The Packers had just taken home the Lombardi Trophy, and there wasn't a soul in Wisconsin who didn't love this guy to death.

He had just come off an MVP season, while fighting an addiction to the prescription pill Vicodin.

Brett Favre was on top off the world.

A Green Bay legend without a doubt.

So how is it that merely 12 years after his MVP and Super Bowl-winning season, people all over the world wonder...

Is Favre still a legend? Does going to his former team's arch-rival Vikings make the guy a scumbag?

While you're thinking about that, saying to yourself, "All-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns? Legend is an understatement."

The sad thing about that argument is, unless you're a Packer fan, you can't really answer that.

Sure, you could bring up Joe Montana, and how he left the Niners.

But it's not even close to the same.

Montana brought the Niners title after title after title.

While Favre brought the Packers one Super Bowl and was "fun," he also brought numerous disappointments caused by his risk-taking.

Take his last year in Green Bay.

Overtime with the Giants at Lambeau Field, only the second play.

Favre throws up a wild one at Donald Driver.

Lord knows what Favre was seeing.

It was like watching Neil O'Donnell or something.


Farve's whole career, just watching him throw it up there like a kid on the playground.


Watching Favre betray everything that has been loyal to him for the past 18 years, (yes the majority or Packer fans still believed last year).

He goes to the New York Jets for the year, understandably because of the fact Ted Thompson wasn't treating this "legend" right.

But are the Vikings necessary Favre?

If you want to play, go buy Madden 09.

Not only can you not play up to par for an NFL quarterback, you already got your revenge, you almost led the Jets to the playoffs while the Packers did miserably.

Let it go.

It seems now Favre's play style reflects his personality.


The guy that made a living for 16 years on throwing the ball up there like a 5-year-old, is now showing that he also has a strong desire for revenge, like a 5-year-old.

Ryan Leaf was just like Brett, difference is Favre was lucky.

Lucky he was.

But loyalty makes a legend.

Class makes a legend.


So you know, if Brett goes to the Vikings, it would take a fool to call him a legend.