The circle is almost complete now. The plan that was put in motion in the summer of 2008 has all but come to fruition. Brett Favre, arguably one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL beat the Packers.
At the helm of their arch rivals, the Minnesota Vikings, Favre played a very solid game in Monday during prime time. All that remains is to go to Lambeau Field in November and beat them in their house.
If there were records for immature behavior or vindictive obsession, Favre would be at the top of those lists, as well as being the all-time prolific passer.
Favre feels slighted by the fact that Green Bay decided last year that they were ready to move on with Aaron Rogers and not interested in the aging QB that they’d had for the past 16 years.
Those are the facts, but there is, of course, more to the story. The Packers were not tired of Favre’s playing, they were tired of his stupid nonsense every off-season.
After three years of vacillating between “Yes, I’m retiring.” and “No, I still want to play.” simply got old for the franchise and they decided to decide for him, at least as far as his career in Wisconsin was concerned.
The worst part of the story is that Favre is not remembered solely for his excellence as a football player.
Instead, a large portion of his legacy deals with his tearful press conference where he announced his retirement again only to reverse himself a couple of months later.
We all know that it’s hard to give up something you love. That must be especially difficult when that love comes with fame and fortune.
At some point there comes a moment when you simply must keep your mouth shut. Don’t make a spectacle out of your decision unless you’re sure of it.
It’s obvious that Favre can still play. No one questions that. No one has an issue with his “retiring” because he’s washed up and useless. The problem is that his actions are very annoying and they give rise to suspicions of ulterior motives from the start.
Is it possible that Favre began talking about retirement in hopes that Green Bay would simply release him and free him to go to a team he believed were a legitimate Super Bowl contender?
So, after forcing the issue in Green Bay, he and his agent have orchestrated his move to the Vikings, but with an added facet: a big chip on his shoulder. As much as he tries to deny it, he has managed to talk himself into believing he is the injured party in all of this. He wanted to show the Packers he could still play.
Someone needs to remind him that the Packers did not trade him because he could not play. They traded him because he was unprofessional and childish. They traded him because he was a huge distraction. They traded him because he wanted to be traded.
So, congratulations, Brett. Your performance last night, while actually only marginally better than Aaron Rogers (who, if he actually had an offensive line, would have beaten you) can be considered a success. It is a success not only in terms of the outcome of the game, but also in your overall plan.
You’re showing that you can still play, you’re playing for a contender, and you’ve gotten pay-backs on Green Bay, the team who never did anything to you that you did not deserve.
That, to me, is the definition of a twerp.