In sports, it's not about the players, it's about the fans. This simple fact has never been more apparent than it has with the saga between Green Bay Packer fans and Brett Favre.
Let’s face it, no one is obsessed with the fact many former Packers have gone on to play with other teams. No one thinks old Vince Lombardi was a selfish, shallow hack because he left the Packers for Washington before he passed into the dream world of legend.
So why do they hate Brett Favre? Why is Favre blamed for the media writing about him because there is simply no other news, and NFL fans are so rabid for football in the offseason they will surf the net for misinformation and argue with children?
Because sports fans are selfish.
Not only do they want a guy to give his life to them, they also want him to give up his life for them.
It is not about Favre not giving enough to the Packers. The guy couldn’t have given more.
It is really about fans not wanting him to play anywhere else. It’s not about him. It’s about them.
"Boo hoo! I want him all to myself! He can’t have a life after me! He just can’t!"
The sad part for Packer fans isn’t Favre’s reputation being tarnished. The real sad story is how Packer fans have tarnished their personal relationship with their team’s greatest player.
They could have wished him luck. Instead, they chose to ridicule and belittle him. Packer fans made it quite clear their relationship with perhaps the greatest quarterback of all time was all about them.
"Boo hoo! Who cares what he wants? I don’t want him to play anymore."
Funny, the way Packer fans have acted has really driven Favre to the Vikings. In truth, he no longer owes the fans in Green Bay anything.
It hurts me to know that when it came time for a hero to go, the Packer fans failed to act gracefully. If in one instance it was not simply about the childish fans, this was that instant.
This was No. 4, a man who never missed a game, never flinched and never cheated the fans.
I wish Favre the best. Perhaps he will find better fans elsewhere.