Brett Favre continues to lose fans as he continues his summer antics year after year.
While Favre has semi-genuine reasons this year not to be definitive (as it could all really ride on his ankle recovery), the actions by Favre need to be altered not only for his public image but for the sake of the Minnesota Vikings.
Perhaps in another position one can get away with not being present, but the quarterback's job is to direct—that is to lead.
Favre, not only due to his position but due to his experience, needs to be present for his teammates.
Even if he is not in a condition to participate, he needs to become acquainted with the team and make himself approachable to his teammates.
The longer Brad Childress lets Brett Favre do as he wishes—not go to training camp, not have a deadline—the more credibility and authority he loses in the clubhouse.
No matter how big the star, no player can be held above the law. And in the NFL, the coach is the law.
Whatever Brett Favre's final decision may be, the Vikings can't live in a state of limbo while Brett Favre makes his decision.
Either the Vikings need to prepare through another QB (and give up on Favre), or Farve needs to be there to get incorporated with the Minnesota offense even if it's just walking through plays.
Brett Favre didn't lose the season for the Minnesota Vikings.
He did, however, leave a sour taste in everyone's mouth with his poor decision to pass across his body in the last part of the season.
Even if all is forgotten, Favre needs to come back and prove that he is willing to help his team overcome their close call last year.
Favre's indecision is not sending any messages to his team. Showing up in camp, and showing solidarity, will show to everyone that he is not willing to let his career with the team end with a game like that.
Few sports figures have seen their popularity plummet so quickly without a crime or adultery being involved (excluding LeBron's infamous "decision").
If Brett Favre cares in the least about his public image, appearing at training camp will be a show of "humility" (at least coming from him) that may help hold off the many attacks from the fans and media.
Favre needs to show that he cares about more than just himself.
Even if he has not made a final decision, once again understandable due to his injury, showing up at camp and studying his options more closely will show those around him that his vacillating isn't just for attention and that he truly is trying to make the best decision for all.
He doesn't care.
If we've learned anything in the past four years, it's that Favre will make his decision when he wants to make it.
He won't make concessions.
Especially with a coach that has continuously given in to his demands, Favre feels little pressure to make a gesture. Especially now that he has a genuine excuse with his ankle to disappear.
Hopefully, he will return. He is a great player and one of the most fun to watch.
It would just be better if we didn't have to suffer through this every summer to see him come back.