I'm Sorry, Vikings Fans

Chris ScheiCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2009

HATTIESBURG, MS - JULY 11:  Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre arrives for a funeral service for former NFL quarterback Steve McNair on July 11, 2009 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)

So, here we are. After reading for months about how Brett Favre was going to lead the Vikings to a Super Bowl win, he has decided to stay retired.

Many of you know that I am a lifelong Packer fan. I lost respect and was upset at Favre for what he tried to pull in 2007, but accepted it for what it was a few days before he was traded to the Jets, already preparing myself for Favre to be in purple this year.

But the last four seasons have shown us that Favre can't play at a high level for 16 games anymore. And despite a healthy shoulder, maybe Favre realized that as well. All of the greats get old, and Favre is no different.

Having gone through a Favre circus before, I would like to say I'm sorry to Vikings fans.

I'm sorry that Favre tugged at your heart strings.

I'm sorry that he forced you to have Lombardi trophies dancing in your heads.

I'm sorry that he gave you a nice swift kick to the groin.

I honestly believe that Favre did not do any of those things on purpose, but he no doubt did them. The Vikings gave him all of the time he needed, and he used every minute before deciding to stay home.

Regardless of one season with the Vikings or not, Favre's legacy is still intact. He leaves as a three-time MVP, a Super Bowl winner, and the all-time leader in a lot of major passing categories.

Some younger people may only remember Favre throwing crucial interceptions in playoff games and as the waffling man that could never make up his mind, but to the rest of us, he will be that little kid that enjoyed what he did, and did it well.

I do wish Brett the best in whatever he decides to do, just as I have stated numerous times that I would wish him the best as a Viking. Favre gave the Packers everything he had for almost his entire career, and a season with any team would never have changed that.