Brett Favre Retiring—As a Green Bay Packer Legend?

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2010

Before I even begin to contemplate the very idea of Brett Favre possibly retiring right here and now, let me just make one thing clear to you all—please don't lose sleep over this issue.

For those of you that have stayed up night after night waiting for a possible Ndamukong Suh deal to come forward out of the shadows, I suggest you don't do the same for ole' Brett Favre, as I'm sure you would agree.

He has a bad habit when it comes to changing his mind.

But as the for the news, when it first broke, I was of course shell-shocked.  Honestly, though, I don't know why I was so surprised to here this news, as realistically it isn't news anymore, as Brett Favre has pulled this little stunt on many separate occasions.

However, as a fan of the Green Bay Packers, I couldn't help but smile.  Partially it was due to the fact that finally Favre may be hanging up the boots, and it was also partially due to a now clearer path toward the top spot in the NFC North division.

Okay, so maybe I am being a little optimistic here. After all, the Minnesota Vikings are still a very decent side, even minus a star quarterback.

As long as we are discussing Green Bay, though, throughout all of this chaos that has been lighting up the news rooms, one very intriguing thought has failed to be displayed by many analysts and fans alike.

What are the chances of Brett Favre retiring as a Green Bay Packer?

Well, I think the following good and bad points sum up the argument nicely.


The Bad

Now, for those fans who still have sour tastes in their mouths from 2007, I predict that many of you would rather see Brett Favre's legacy rot away with the Minnesota Vikings, than see him return to Green Bay, just to have his jersey placed in the Lambeau Field foyer.

But what about those Packer fans that still respect Brett Favre?  Those fans that once considered him a hero and a true legend in the green and gold?

Well, ironically enough, I am one of those fans, and I still don't love the idea of Brett Favre retiring in Green Bay.

You see, if Michael Jordan was to leave the Bulls for three seasons, then retire, do you think Chicago would welcome him back to retire after delivering the Bulls a handful of championships in the 1990's?  I think the obvious answer is yes.

Unfortunately for Brett Favre, the way he left Green Bay wasn't on the best of terms, and the fact that he has delivered revenge on the Packers twice already doesn't sit well with most Packer faithfuls.

Perhaps the most telling side of this story is the fact that Brett Favre has ultimately won.  Throughout most of his career, he's been able to do what he wants in this league. Whether or not that means skipping dozens of training camps or putting head coach Brad Childress on no immediate deadline, Brett Favre has done just what Brett Favre has wanted to do in the NFL.

Therefore, if Favre came back to Green Bay, he would ultimately win.  He's sampled life on other teams, and came back home to have his name put in lights for decades to come. 

Is it fair? Probably not. But it's Brett Favre, and he's done it before.

Aside from the fact that Favre has run all over the league, it would also make the past three years almost meaningless.  If Favre came back happily to Green Bay, what has all this controversy been for?  That's right—absolutely nothing.


The Good

The good side of Favre coming back to Green Bay is simple.  It adds yet another legend to Green Bay's long list of retirees, and it also means that a happy ending was reached for those fans that miss Favre in Green Bay.

However, as long as we are discussing the good, if Favre was to retire as a Packer, it also means that his legacy would be in tact.

The 1996 Super Bowl wouldn't be all for nothing, and the numerous MVP titles would also be quite meaningful.

But aside from Favre himself, it would probably mean a lot to Packer fans.  Away from the "This is Rodgers Neighbourhood" signs, many people in Wisconsin still love Brett Favre.

Say what you will about him. He's been great for the game and a true leader for every young kid out there.  Does this sound like a true Green Bay legend?  It does to me, as that is what Packer football is all about.



The retirement of Brett Favre is all but over. And don't be surprised to see him turn around and say that he is playing this season. 

If the decision is close to final, though, we may see the Packer retirement talks perk up a little in the future.

Each fan has their own opinion, and some will say "Yay" or "Nay" in regards to Favre leaving under the Green Bay "G".

Is it exciting? A little, but it's quite a story to think about. Let's just all hope that whatever Favre's decision may be, it's the right one, as I can't bare another SportsCenter commercial that features his name.


Ryan Cook is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report . He is also an NFL columnist for Real Sports Net and a Green Bay Packers writer for Fan Huddle and PackerChatters . Ryan is also a contributing writer for Detroit Lions Talk .  Don't forget to follow him on Twitter .


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