Brett Favre: Gone but Certainly Not Forgotten

Adam LindemerSenior Analyst IAugust 7, 2008

The Brett Favre saga finally comes to an end; well, at least in Green Bay. Favre will now perform on one of the biggest stages in the NFL; New York City. (It's really New Jersey, but who's keeping track?)

I know I said I was sick and tired of this guy before, but really that feeling was more about the situation he was putting the Packers' fans in.

I am a Packers fan, but I am also a football fan; so I wish Brett the best in New York. This still doesn't change the fact that I believe Favre will struggle to begin his 'Jet era.'

He struggled to start his career in Green Bay, but had several years to change his fate. One thing that Brett won't have as a Jet is time.

Jets fans expect him to come on board and immediately vault them into the playoffs and maybe even the Super Bowl. Take it from a guy who's seen him play for the last 16 years: It's not going to happen.

Favre may be able to make a push for the playoffs with the Jets, but I find it highly unlikely. They have to play New England twice, they have to compete with Jacksonville, Indianapolis, and San Diego. Maybe even the Browns and Steelers.

Unless Favre plays three years with the Jets (which is possible), they will be nothing more than mediocre.

It's won't be Favre's fault; he will go out and do whatever it takes to win. That's the player Brett Favre will always be, and I hope this move doesn't change that. But he is just one man, and the rest of the offense needs to step up as well. The defense needs to be stoppers.

It's Green Bay in 1992 all over again.

Brett is being thrown into a young offense and expected to win right now. However, anything is possible in sports.

I love Brett Favre the player and will continue to do so. But over the past couple of months, my view of Brett Favre the man and the 'average joe' has changed dramatically.

It's Brett Favre's fault alone that he was in this situation in the first place, and the deal that was made is really good for both sides.

Favre was not in the proper mindset to be the Packers' starting quarterback and Green Bay can finally see what Aaron Rodgers has, whether it is good or bad. Remember, nobody gave Brett a chance in Green Bay when he started out, and now he owns every record there.

The Jets get a solution to their QB dilemma, even if it's short-term. But with Brett, you never know what 'short-term' is.

Overall, the NFL is a business, whether you like it or not. And it was proven tenfold when Green Bay traded away their iconic figure.

I do wish Brett the best of luck on the east coast, but I'd be lying if I said I wanted him to succeed.

Part of me hopes that he has a mediocre year and almost regrets coming back to play for yet another season.

The Green Bay management did something that no defense ever could; they knocked Brett Favre out of the starting spot.

Packer fans also need to remember that he will never do in New York what he did in Green Bay. He brought the Packers' franchise back from the dead, and made them a threat in the NFC.

He made it okay for Wisconsin to be proud of the Packers once again. He brought the Vince Lombardi Trophy back after a 30-year hiatus. He gave us plenty of memories that will live on forever.

And for that I say, "Thank you, Brett."

Montana and Jordan did the same thing with the same controversies and their legendary status still remains. Favre's legacy in the NFL will continue, but it will be weird to see his No. 4 no longer on the green and gold.

So let the Aaron Rodgers era in Green Bay officially begin so that he can build his own legacy in Titiletown. Whatever Rodgers does in a Packers jersey, though, it will never be good enough for fans. After all, how do you replace a legend? 

Remember, though, those fans moved on after Bart Starr too. It may not have been a good move, but you can only live in the past for so long before you realize that it isn't taking you anywhere.

Keep your eyes open NFC. There's a new sheriff in Cheesehead Nation.