Aaron Rodgers Has His Happy Ending, So It's Time to Forgive Brett Favre
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Karma has once again served its purpose.
So can we just forgive and forget now?
The man has already gone through enough, though some was self-inflicted. Fans across the league hiss at the mere mention of his name.
He went from the family man, the funny guy who seemed like you'd want him at your backyard BBQ, to the man you wouldn't give a yes or no question to without expecting to sit there for months waiting for an answer, or the one you wouldn't give a cell phone to.
Whatever happened to the Favre everyone loved? When he was set to retire from the Packers, fans didn't want to imagine a league without the grizzled gunslinger. He was the face of the league, strong-willed, never wanting to stop playing the game he so loved.
Who would blame him? He was loved by millions; everybody had a soft spot for the old man. But he knew it had to end sometime, and when he retired the first time, I believe in my heart of hearts he thought he was retiring as well.
But the prospect of playing was too much for him. He wasn't ready to retire; he was one interception from another Super Bowl. He was in great shape—why not try again?
Time to forgive him?
Then Green Bay got rid of him, and suddenly he started to turn into a villain. Suddenly, he wasn't the kind-hearted old man; he was the selfish, greedy quarterback who wanted fame.
When he was with the Jets, make no mistake, he was still a great player. If he doesn't suffer the shoulder injury, the Jets are a serious threat in the playoffs.
They didn't make it though, so Favre was faced with the decision of retirement. He knew he was getting beat up. He had one more glory year, so eh, why not, he's done. Once again, I believe him when he said he was going to retire.
But then comes Brad Childress of the Vikings, who is under pressure to produce a winning team. He sees Favre, who obviously still has the ability to play with the elite. They want him to come to Minnesota badly.
At this point, Favre doesn't know. How can he unretire AGAIN? Nobody will ever trust him. But the lure of Super Bowl glory is too much. He sees the potential of this team, one of the best running backs in the league, elite receivers, rookie potential—why not?
He doesn't consider that he's playing for the archrival of his former team, except in the aspect that he might be a little ticked that they got rid of him when he was still at an elite level. So he comes back.
That season turns out to be the best he's had in a long, long time. Once again, he comes an interception short. That was an easily winnable game. The team he was on was a Super Bowl-caliber team, and he knows the same core will still be there should he come back, so he doesn't make an official announcement of his playing status.
The Vikings know they need to win now. This is not a team of the future; they need to win now, or their window of opportunity is going to close. So they do all they can to get him back.
Favre doesn't know. He's beat down, he's old. But once again, the lure is too much. And he comes back.
There is no reason to recap this season. Everyone paid attention. Everyone saw the shell of what used to be one of the greatest to play the game. Disgraced in a sexting incident. Knocked out of multiple games. His starting streak, broken.
Karma has served its purpose.
Favre had his hell season, and Rodgers had his dream one.
The universe is balanced.
Everyone is sick of hearing about Brett Favre.
So let the man have his peace.
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