Why Brett Favre and The Green Bay Packers Should End Their Feud In 2011

Kevin BogerContributor IIFebruary 14, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 20:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after a Packers touchdown during the NFC championship game against the New York Giants on January 20, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Giants defeated the Packers 23-20 in overtime to advance to the Superbowl XLII.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The 2010 NFL Season couldn't have been any better for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers and, frankly, it couldn't have been any worse for Brett Favre.

The Green Bay Packers fought through injuries, rivals, ups, downs and inbetweens to reach Super Bowl XLV and defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers to return the Lombardi Trophy to Titletown.

Brett Favre, on the other hand, suffered through injuries, embarrassment and a miserable 6-10 season with the Minnesota Vikings.

To say 2010 was awful would be an understatement of epic proportions. 

It was so terrible, Oxford might want to consider creating a new word to describe it.

During the season, the Vikings traded for and released Randy Moss, fired Brad Childress and lost two games to the Green Bay Packers, all while Favre dealt with personal accusations regarding sexual phone calls and text messages with Jenn Sterger—a New York Jets sideline reporter during Favre's time with the team.

Rock bottom occurred on December 13th, 2010 when Brett Favre was unable to suit up for the Minnesota Vikings game against the New York Giants, ending his consecutive start streak at 297 games—three short of 300.

Favre would go on to start the next game against the Chicago Bears, but his return to the lineup was short lived due to a vicious hit that would essentially end his career. He stood on the sidelines for the Minnesota Vikings final game and when the clock read 0:00, he left the field with little to no fanfare.

A truly forgetful end to one of the more memorable careers in NFL or sports history.

Now with the season over and the gunslinger's boots officially "hung up," it is time for the Green Bay Packers and Brett Favre to end their ongoing feud.

Enough is enough. Let bygones be bygones. Say la vie. Time heals all wounds and whatnot.

It is apparent that the Green Bay Packers have moved on. While the team suffered its bumps and bruises in the 2008 season after Favre's departure it has since enjoyed consecutive winning seasons and won the Super Bowl while Aaron Rodgers has become a blossoming star in the NFL.

Fans are giddy with the team's championship and their new quarterback—one would assume that Coach Mike McCarthy, GM Ted Thompson and Team President Mark Murphy are as well.

There couldn't be a better time for Brett Favre, the franchise's prodigal son, to confess the error of his ways, eat a little crow and get in while the gettin's good.

It's the oldest trick in the book. Like a child seeking permission to attend a party or spend the night at a friend, the best time to ask is always when the parents are happy.

So, why not now?

After all, the success of his former team should be evidence to Brett Favre that he isn't, nor was he ever, bigger than the Green Bay Packers or the NFL.

As for the Packers, they can not deny that Favre put Green Bay and Wisconsin back on the map in the world of sports after two decades of miserable football in the '70s and '80s.

Favre was the most exciting player in the NFL for the majority of his 16 seasons with the team. He played through injury, volunteered in the community and was widely considered one of the "good guys" in a sport filled with criminals, addicts and other unmentionables.

While his reputation may be tarnished due to recent allegations, his legend in Green Bay doesn't have to be.

Brett Favre will enter the NFL Hall of Fame five years from now, but his number should be retired at Lambeau Field long before then.

How about the Green Bay Packers' home game against the Minnesota Vikings in 2011?