Brett Favre: Let Him Play!

Walter Thompson Jr.Contributor IJuly 14, 2008

On Friday Brett Favre officially asked for his release from the Green Bay Packers in a letter sent by his agent Bus Cook. This comes after Favre communicated to the Packers that he has the "itch" to play football again and was interested in rejoining his team.

Following the 2007/2008 season, Favre announced his retirement from the NFL in a very emotional press conference. Favre told reporters he definitely felt he could still play.

Looking at his stats from last season, there is no doubt that he can still play at a very high level.

In what was thought to be his final season, the legendary QB racked up 4,155 yards passing, 28 TD, 15 INT, and a 95.7 QB rating.

This was one of the most productive seasons in his career. In the 2007/08 season Favre broke the all-time records for most passing yards, touchdowns, and victories.

Why is Favre planning a comeback now when teams are preparing for the upcoming season? Favre made his decision to hang up his cleats in March. Now it is July.

Ever since Favre was a young kid, he has been playing football. And, this is the time of the year that all football players, active or retired, get anxious about playing.

That's what Favre is—a football player—and that does not go away in four months. That is what he has been doing his entire life.

The Green Bay Packers have a huge decision to make—do they release Favre and move forward with the Aaron Rogers era or do they mend fences with Favre and welcome him back with open arms?

The Packers have everything in place to be a playoff caliber team once again if, and only if, they have Brett Favre as a QB. NFL teams only have about a three-year window of opportunity to seriously compete for a championship. This would be year two for the Packers. Bringing back Brett Favre would allow them to pick up where they left off last year.

The Packers were one quarter away from making it to Superbowl XLII. There is no doubt that Green Bay is at least the second best team in the NFC with Favre at the helm. With Rogers leading, there are a lot of questions to be answered. But, the most important one is whether the Packers can make the playoffs with him.

Essentially, Rogers is a rookie even though he has been Favre's back-up for the past three seasons. He has only thrown 59 passes in his three years in the league. Most of that came against the Cowboys last year, when Favre went down with an injury.

The Packers need to understand one thing. You don't get many opportunities to win a Superbowl. They were close last year, and they could be even closer this year with Favre at the helm.

With Aaron Rogers you are basically conceding to the rest of the league and starting over. Why would you start over when you have a huge opportunity to win a championship? If Favre wants to play, then you let him play.

You don't kick a legend out of the door. It is disrespectful and just plain stupid. The veterans on that team deserve an opportunity to seriously compete for a championship. Let Brett Favre finish what he started. Let him play, let him play!