One of my fondest memories of watching the Packers with my father is this clip of Brett Favre running off the field after hurling a bomb to Andre Rison in Super Bowl XXXI. Favre was a god-like figure in my life and Packers' fans alike for the next decade. Then he retired… twice. And came back to play for another team… twice. This time, however, he’s gone too far.
For four or five years running, the media has made a circus about Favre retiring, un-retiring, contemplating retirement, doing Wrangler commercials, etc. Instead of fading into the hall of fame, Favre has relished in the attention and strung out his decisions for far too long.
Maybe he has a vendetta against GM Ted Thompson for drafting his heir apparent before Favre was ready to let go. Should he continue to hold that grudge? That’s his decision. But after being a member of a team for 15 years, and becoming a member of the society and neighborhood (from what I know, his steakhouse still stands), why does Favre want to undermine that?
Granted, Darren Sharper and Ryan Longwell split Green Bay for Minnesota, but neither held a spot in fans’ hearts like Favre did. Neither of them was welcomed back warmly, either.
At this point, Favre’s off-season ritual has gotten repetitive and mundane. He lied to fans twice now, saying that he was retiring and hanging up his cleats. This off-season, I didn’t care what he did, as long as he didn’t go to a rival team. Green Bay has its QB of the future in Aaron Rodgers, and I couldn’t be happier about the situation. However, since Judas Favre has created this harsh reality, I wash my hands of him.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again—this feels like an ultimate betrayal… because it is. A Packer legend signing with a hated rival. I’ve never been so scared to be excited about a Packers game in my life (they meet in Minnesota on Oct 5, and in Lambeau on Nov 1).
What about you? Do you still love Favre in the way you used to? How will you feel when he lines up opposite the Packers defense in a real-game situation? If he throws for a touchdown? If he gets sacked? Give your responses below!