The saga that has become the Brett Favre watch took its latest turn on Tuesday when Favre told the Minnesota Vikings he would remain retired and not join them for the upcoming season. Call me a skeptic, but I’ve been down this road too many times with Favre to believe him quite yet.
There were the many long springs and summers that Favre put Packer fans through during the better part of this decade—unwilling to make a decision on his career until it was convenient for him, without any regard for teammates, management, or fans. Everyone just chalked it up to Favre going through personal issues with his family and needing time to clear his head.
Favre finally did retire from the Packers on March 4 of last year. Many felt it was a classy end to a Hall of Fame career, while doubters claimed it was only a matter of time before he returned. Favre proved the doubters right when he requested the Packers to release him in his first attempt to get to the Vikings.
After being traded to the Jets, Favre showed New York fans, media, and players what many have since found out: Favre isn’t all he’s cracked up to be. By the end of the season, fans had turned on him, the media had criticized him for his play, and even teammates questioned his commitment to them.
Favre again retired from football, but it wasn’t long after that talk came up of Favre longing to return to the game, this time with the Vikings. Minnesota would have been a great fit for Favre. They have a solid defense, a great running game, and play most of their games in domes, which would have benefited Favre by not having to play in bad weather late in the season.
Be clear on one thing, though: Favre was not coming back for any of those reasons. His return was to be solely a giant middle finger to Packers’ General Manager Ted Thompson. The two never had a good relationship and Favre views Thompson as the one to boot him out of Green Bay.
After Favre refused surgery to repair his injured arm, many thought he was done for good. He then decided to go through with the surgery, which signaled to most that his return was imminent.
Today the news came that Favre would not join the Vikings, but late word has come out that he will continue to throw and test his arm and shoulder. For those that see the real Brett Favre, this will come as no surprise. He is simply trying to buy more time to hold on to his hope of sticking it to Thompson.
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