By Ryan of The Sportmeisters
When Brett Favre “retired” the second time, I didn’t buy it. In fact, I even declared he would be a Viking by the beginning of the 2009-2010 season (read it here). The reason being, Brett Favre lied to us then, and he’s lying to us now.
He wanted his chance at revenge on the Packers, and now he has it.
There are a number of reasons Brett Favre wanted to go to the NFC North when he first decided to come back to football. One such reason is, he’s seen all the opponents there. He knows those teams better than he knows himself.
It gives him a twofold advantage. One being, he can now properly prepare for six games against the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, and Green Bay Packers. Along with that, he knows how Minnesota prepares, from his time facing them.
Other people are saying it is because Minnesota is the most playoff ready, with Adrian Peterson in the backfield. While Minnesota does have a potential playoff team, there is no guarantee, especially with a revitalized Green Bay defense and the new-look Chicago offense, that Minnesota has a shot at the playoffs.
Outside of Peterson, RB Chester Taylor, unproven rookie WR Percy Harvin, and the Williams’ on defense (who are both looking at a suspension right now), what else does Minnesota have?
The reason Favre came back, and the only reason I accept, is purely for revenge on Green Bay, the team that took him in for his career. When he “retired” the first time, Green Bay said ok, and moved on. When Favre tried to renege and come back, Green Bay was firmly entrenched in the Aaron Rodgers era, and refused to budge. This is why Favre came back.
He knew he could take a year with the Jets, “retire” again, get his release, and now be free to talk to the Vikings without Green Bay receiving any compensation for it (in the original trade deals, while Brett was a Jet, he could not be sent to the NFC North without Green Bay receiving draft picks).
It wasn’t like Brett jumped originally at the chance either. Instead, he strung Minnesota along.
Brett Favre is a veteran of the game. He knows he doesn’t want to be on the bench, nor does he want to deal with training camp. So what did he do? He strung Minnesota along, putting two decent Quarterbacks in Sage Rosenfels (who Minnesota traded for), and Tavarious Jackson, in uncertain positions.
This was so Brett Favre could make sure he would be the starter. He also kept pushing back his “deadline” merely so he could join the team without having to practice. Brett Favre is like an obnoxious toddler who whines until he gets what he wants.
While Favre will go into the Hall of Fame as a Packer, he should have left his career there. If he thought he had something left, he should have said that two years ago, instead of pulling all this crap. Now, he alienates the fan base that took him in as their own son, and for what?
I never bought into the “retirement” hype, and I said it from day one that Favre would be wearing the purple and gold this season. In reality though, he should just be wearing jeans and a T-shirt and be sitting at home. Brett tried to string Green Bay along, and got screwed.
He did the same thing with Minnesota, and was revered by them. Now he has a chance to completely remove any semblance of connection he had with his old team.
I wish I didn’t write this article explaining why I was right. I truly wished I was wrong and Brett stayed retired. Instead, I hope the revenge plan is worth it for Brett, because there are still 14 other games to play.