Thoughts On Favre in Purple: From a Lifelong Packer Fan

Chris ScheiCorrespondent IAugust 20, 2009

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - AUGUST 18: Brett Favre talks with the media after his first practice with the Minnesota Vikings on August 18, 2009 at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  (Photo by Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)

The moment we all knew would come is finally here. Over the last few months, I have done my share of criticism and glorifying Favre. When I criticized him, the response I got was usually this...

"You're just a bitter Packers fan."

To be truthful, the second Favre was traded to the Jets, I started preparing myself for this. To be sure, not all Packer fans were ready for it. Some are certainly bitter, but these are just my thoughts.

When the Packers and Vikings play each other, I will give Favre a one-minute standing ovation when he is introduced, and then cheer the Packers on as hard as I can.

I believe the Vikings were unbelievably classless and unprofessional in their pursuit of Favre after he announced his intentions to stay retired.

I believe if Brett Favre thought he couldn't play a 16 game season three weeks ago, but suddenly can now, he shouldn't be playing. If the reasons for his staying retiring were just to avoid training camp, he is a selfish prick. Just in case you don't believe me, let me know the next time any player even thinks that they have the right to skip training camp.

I don't blame Brett Favre for wanting to play in Minnesota. I don't blame the Vikings for pursuing him. He is not a traitor in my eyes, but he is the enemy now.

My Favre memorabilia still hangs on my wall, and will never be taken down, because the 16 years he played for the Packers will always be cherished by me, and one, two, or ten seasons in Minnesota won't change that.

Fran Tarkenton has some very valid points against Brett Favre and Brad Childress. It would be nice to hear someone comment on those valid points rather than bash an NFL legend.

Last but not least, please remember that it's just football, folks. The two games that these teams play this year will be very intense, and very emotional. Please remember that it's just football.