It took months. Months of hand-wringing. Months of hoping beyond hope that he would come back. Then it was gone. With a week before training camp, Brett Favre said no. After everything. From the release from the Jets through the surgery, and workouts to the subtle teasing of fans and the media, Brett Favre has finally and in many ways both forever damaged his legacy and replaced Terrell Owens as the NFL's biggest prima donna.
It's sad too that it in the last 16 months or so, Brett who was regarded with great respect, is now shown quite alot of disdain. But his status as a prima donna has been coming for a few years now. The flip-flopping back and forth about wanting to stay another year started to wear on people.
It's weird to see such a connection between T.0. and Brett Favre in that they both have destroyed the hopes of three NFL franchises. T.0. helped to stain the 49-ers, Eagles, and Cowboys while Brett made his dark mark on the Packers, left the Jets hanging, and has just helped to deflate the hopes of almost all Vikings fans and destroy the chemistry of the team and it's quarterbacks.
What you can tell though is that Brett truly loves the drama. He's a drama king through and through. Whether it's the fact that he can't let go of the NFL or doesn't know how, his actions are so thoroughly selfish that you begin to look at him in a far different light.
There are players who love and loathe the spotlight. Brett is the leader. He wants his privacy but can't stop getting his name in the headlines. It's sad really.
I hope that people look at Brett and understand that making a decision and sticking with it is important. I hope players see the template they SHOULD NOT follow when it comes to the end of their career.
A legacy is a fragile thing. Though he will always be safe in the knowledge that his on-the-field accomplishments will be highly regarded and remembered, if Brett is not careful, that legacy may forever be tarnished and the last thing people will think about regarding him is the word Prima Donna.