Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers, Tampering Vikings, and the Continuing Soap Opera

Sean CroweSenior Writer IJuly 16, 2008

The Brett Favre soap opera took another turn yesterday as reported that the Packers have filed tampering charges against the Vikings for allegedly contacting Favre during the offseason.

The Packers claim that Darrell Bevell, Minnesota's offensive coordinator, who was an assistant coach with the Packers, and is a friend of Favre’s, has been in contact with him during the offseason. 

Some reports even claim Favre had a conversation with Brad Childress.

If the charges turn out to be true, the Vikings will probably lose a draft pick. 

Let's assume the Childress-conversation rumors are just that, rumors.

I'm curious—if Favre and Bevell are friends, short of a tape-recorded conversation, how are they supposed to prove the two were talking business and not pleasure? 

I’m so insanely sick of the Favre situation. 

The man is a me-first, limelight seeking, overrated, has-been quarterback who hasn’t had a decent postseason run since I was in high school. 

His esteemed career has featured some of the most atrocious postseason games in NFL history.

He’s the only player to throw a pick in overtime in a playoff game on two separate occasions. 

He consistently makes two team-killer plays for every one highlight-reel play.

He plays his worst in the biggest games (watch his wonderful performance against the Cowboys this season).

He famously demanded, through the media, that Javon Walker show up for camp because it was the right thing to do for Brett Favre. Of course, it wasn’t the right thing to do for Javon, who quickly blew out his knee and nearly blew his chance to make Brett Favre-type money.

He called his teammates out and claimed they weren’t good enough, demanding his roster be upgraded. 

Every single offseason has to be about Brett Favre. Last offseason, he famously called a press conference to announce that he had no announcement to make on whether or not he was retiring. 

This season, after announcing his retirement and telling the world that he just didn’t care enough about football anymore, he decided he wanted to come back. 

Not in July, as was reported initially, but in March. 

The Packers, who had already committed to Aaron Rodgers, agreed to have him back. They even made plans to hold a press conference and a nice little ceremony announcing his un-retirement.

But Favre backed out. Only to try the same thing again—except this time he’s serious. Really. Seriously.

If you were running the Packers, you wouldn’t take him back either. You have two quarterbacks on the roster right now that you like in Aaron Rodgers and Brian Brohm. If Favre comes back, you’re probably going to lose Rodgers (a first-round pick) without ever seeing what he can do as an NFL starting quarterback.

No way they can allow that to happen. There isn't a team in the NFL that would allow that to happen.

Brett Favre, for whatever reason, is an NFL deity. Especially in Green Bay. I’ll never understand it. Ever.

Plenty of guys have won Super Bowls. Is it because he talks with a southern accent and smiles while he’s on the field? Do we ignore all of his off-the-field issues simply because he smiles when he plays?

I mean, this is a guy who somehow completely escaped criticism even though he once admitted to being addicted to prescription drugs. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are vilified for taking drugs, but for Favre, it just added to his charm.

I just don’t get it.

The Packers don’t want Favre back. They shouldn’t want Favre back. If he has a problem with that, he can feel free to cry on his good friend Greta’s shoulder again.

And for anyone who does want him, all I can say is: buyer beware. I’m not sure a rocket arm and a smile on the football field is worth having to deal with a nearly 40-year-old crybaby who thinks the world should revolve around him.

I’ll take my chances with Aaron Rodgers, thanks.


Sean Crowe is a Senior Writer and an NFL Community Leader at Bleacher Report. You can email him at His archive can be found here. You can find everything he writes, including articles for other publications, here.