Brett "Vader" Farve: A Villian From The Ashes Of Greatness

Richard BowlerSenior Analyst IJanuary 26, 2010

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Director George Lucas' Star Wars character 'Darth Vader' walks on the field prior to the 2007 Rose Bowl game between the USC Trojans and the Michigan Wolverines on January 1, 2007 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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I would like to start out this article by saying Brett Farve was one of my absolute favorite players when I was growing up.  He was brash, fearless with charismatic leadership and a passion for the game that enraptured all that watch him play.  Being a Seahawks fan as a kid I didn't have much to route for and helped keep my love for the NFL alive through some tough years.

Things have changed a lot from his glory days teaming with Mike Holmgren in Green Bay during the 1990's.  My opinion has been drastically changed and having to watch him in games and press conferences causes me a great deal of pain.  I now find him a disingenous person who is a mediocre teammate at best.

A lot of this comes from my personal core values of putting team or family first and to be decisive in my decisions while standing behind my word.  Farve held the Packers organization and fans hostage two years ago and let his ego run wild turning this entire situation into a day time soap opera.  I would have given him the benifit of the doubt if this was about providing for his family but this was not about money this was about him wanting to skip training camp and not being upfront about it.

Farve's ego turned an organizational need for clarification into a personal slight.  In the salary cap era you can't have a player wait until training camp to want decide on his future when he plays the most important position in sports. The margin for error in the NFL is very slim and one player can be the difference in a playoff run. 

I also take issue with his unwillingness to help or mentor Aaron Rodgers.  Now, I know that there is a fine line between helping out a young player and training someone to take your job.  From every report I read or watched Farve ignored the young QB even though it could have been a mutually benificial relationship. 

The detractors and Farve apologist will site Green Bay's lack of success the year Farve left as a reason that Farve was right.  This argument holds no water to me because of Aaron Rodger exceptional season paired with the terrible season the Packer's defense had. 

Farve then in my opinion mailed in a season with the Jets.  He was so angry that the Packers wouldn't release him or trade him to division rival Minnesota that he just joylessly went through the motions waiting for his chance at revenge.  The Packer's had no reason to go against their own personal interest to give Farve what he wanted.  He was hated by some players in the Jets locker room with many of them coming out publicly to take a shot at their former QB.

So, he then gets his wish and chance to stick it to Ted Thompson and the Packers by signing with Minnesota.  If only it was that simple but Brett Farve waffled for months just so he could skip out on some of training camp.  Now if you don't want to put in the work that is your business but that was cruel and unusual punishment for a future hall of famer to that to his future team mates in praticular QBs Tavaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels.

In the end he did get to stick to Packers nation.  Two hard fought victories in which he played brilliantly and looked as good as he has ever looked.  He seemed to me to be fueled by hate even though he dismissed that motivation publicly. There is no question in my mind that Brett Farve had an MVP caliber season and could play very well if he decides to come back next year.

This brings me to the villain aspect. I jumped out of my chair and cheered when Farve threw that final interception on Sunday.  I couldn't even watch when Farve took on the Cowboys because to me it was Darth Vader versus the Joker which made it a no win situation for me.

With all that said, sports needs villians to be great.  Hating the Yankees, Duke basketball, the Dallas Cowboys, or your teams rival makes sports that much better.  Part of me wanted to see Farve in the Super Bowl just so that I could route against.

Now, I know that there are a lot of Farve fans and trust me I understand the appeal.