Why Brett Favre Should Definitely Play in 2009

John HugarContributor IIIJuly 18, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 11: Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers moves to pass the ball during the game against the Minnesota Vikings give chase on November 11, 2007 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Over the past four months, that notorious flake Brett Favre has jerked us around once again.

After promising he was done for good in February, he had a change of heart about a month later, and ever since we've been waiting with baited breath to see if he would take his shot at the ultimate revenge on Ted Thompson, to come back and try and to lead the Minnesota Vikings.

Predictably, this has led to a lot of people dragging Favre through the mud, saying he's washed up, and that all coming back would do is tarnish his legacy further. I, for one, could not disagree more. As far as I'm considered, coming back for at least one more year is the smartest move Brett Favre could possibly make.

Everyone who talks about Favre hurting his legacy is forgetting one thing: he's already done that to a nearly absurd level.

When a three-time MVP and the all-time leader in touchdown passes is known primarily as The Guy Who Won't Go Away, and is treated like a mere parasite by fans and sportswriters, it doesn't take a genius to see he's made some poor decisions.

That being said, coming back and playing one more time could fix all of that. If his shoulder is healed, he can come in put up great numbers and shut all the naysayers up once and for all.

The fact is, Brett Favre's 2008 season was really more good than bad. He led the Jets to a six-game winning streak, including an impressive victory against the Titans. His shoulder problems were the only thing preventing him from marching the jets into the playoffs.

If he honestly feels his shoulder is healthy, nothing should stop him from being there on opening day with the Vikings.

Of course, there's also all those people who say he shouldn't play for Minnesota because it would be the ultimate betrayal of the Packers fans. I think you're forgetting something, he's already tried to go to Minnesota before.

Everyone knows he wanted to play there last year. He only went to the Jets because Ted Thompson was afraid of him beating the Packers with another NFC team. Favre's wishes to play for Minnesota have been clear from the beginning. I have an odd feeling he may have just "retired" this year to get out of his contract with the Jets and sign with them.

It's simple, you could either believe he betrayed the fans already, or that he just wants to get back at Ted, but him actually playing for the Vikes wouldn't change what has already been his motive for over a year now.

Finally, Favre should come back this season because, quite frankly, he owes us one. I've tried to be patient with his changes of heart, but if he spends four months causing speculation and rumors just to fool everyone and stayed retired, I'll be pissed too.

The least he could do is give us what most of us secretly want and come back for one more year. A lot of people think it'll ruin his reputation for good, but really, it's the only thing he can still do to save it.