Vikings, Packers: The Love and Hate Of Favre

Matt StangContributor IJanuary 22, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 17:  Quarterback Brett Favre 4# of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates touchdown in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The time has come for upper management in the Green Bay Packers organization to realize the gravity of its mistake and officially apologize to their loyal fans, but more importantly to Brett Favre.

Brett Favre was the face of the Green Bay Packers franchise for the better part of two decades. A legendary career has left him with an automatic entry into the Hall of Fame as well as almost every record to quarterback position in football. Sure, some people may argue that this is due to the number of games he was able to play while avoiding injury. Beautiful. This only adds to his invincibility and is a tribute to the football player that he is. This argument, however, is not the point of this article. After a career including Super Bowl champion, 3 time MVP, 11 time pro-bowler, and part of the 1990 all decade team, the Green Bay Packer franchise simply let him go.

With everything he had done for the franchise, the fans, the city of Green Bay, the state of Wisconsin, and the entire NFL league, he deserved better. Sure, Brett contemplated his decision to retire for the last several years in Green Bay, making difficulties for the franchise. Sure, he even un-retired. Sure, Aaron Rodgers sat in the waiting as back-up far longer than anticipated. The fact of the matter is that Brett Favre is and will always be remembered when the Green Bay Packers come to mind.

The Green Bay Packers made a horrendous decision in their history when they decided to kick Brett, the most prolific player of their franchise's history, as well as one of the best players of all time, out the door. They owed it to Brett Favre to handle off seasons at such an old age however he wanted. By not giving him that liberty, they decided they had enough and were better off without him.

Now he is again in the NFC championship game and another Super Bowl is on the horizon. He had the best numbers at the QB position in the entire NFL at the age of 40. The man is indestructable and it is clear the Packer organization made a terrible mistake both for the state of their team, as well as the winning he brings. With Favre I have no doubt the Packers could be in the Vikings current position this year.

What does all of this mean? The Packer organization owes an apology to Favre and Packer fans. They must admit one of the worst mistakes in recent sports memory.