Brett Favre's Legacy: What Is Left of It?

Erin McLaughlinSenior Analyst IIJune 19, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 14:  Brett Favre #4 of The New York Jets walks on the field against The Buffalo Bills during their game on December 14, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

A few years ago, I would never expected to feel this way about Brett Favre. How did he become what he has become? He went from being one of the best quarterbacks ever to play the game to a disgrace. It is really sad.

My whole life I have been a Detroit Lions fan. Therefore I hate the Packers. Though I dislike the team, I always respected Brett Favre and liked what he stood for. I don't think I have ever seen a tougher quarterback than Brett Favre. I always enjoyed seeing him go head to head with Barry Sanders. Those were always fun games.

But the difference is that when Barry retired, he really retired. Many people thought he would be back but he never did. If Barry had decided to come back with a different team, I would be perfectly okay with that. However, I would never forgive him if he played for the Vikings, Packers, or Bears. That would be a slap in the face to us.

Favre has made it very clear that he wants to play for the Vikings. The only thing holding him back is whether or not he can make the throws after his surgery. The fact that he even wants to is a slap in the face to the team and organization that made him a superstar.

This kind of reminds me when Marcus Allen played for the Kansas City Chiefs. That was a slap in the face to the Raiders. It is true that Al Davis did screw with his career, but what about the Raider fans that loved him? I specifically remember talking to a Raider fan talking about how it hurt seeing his favorite player playing for a team he hated.

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It is obvious that the only reason Favre wants to play is revenge against Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy. He wants to make sure his arm is good enough to get his revenge. Favre's actions are even worse than Allen's. The organization didn't mess with his career.

This makes me pull hair out of my head because to this day, I still can't figure out what exactly Thompson and McCarthy did wrong. Favre retired on his own.

They moved on to Aaron Rodgers. Then Favre decided he wanted to come back. McCarthy did not feel they could keep Rodgers on the bench any longer. I would have made the same choice.

My favorite part of sports is when a great player retires and he passes the torch to the guy replacing him. It makes me sick that Favre never endorsed Rodgers as the Packer's starter. Instead he chose to keep the spotlight on him. That is disgraceful.

Now here we are again. Everyday it is something new about Favre. He had surgery. He has a deadline. He doesn't have a deadline. Trainers from the Vikings went to his home. He has a hangnail. Blah, Blah, Blah...

The sad thing is that the media should be focusing on the players that are true superstars today and ones that can potentially become superstars. Instead they allow this guy who was once a great player hold the game hostage. It is disgusting.

If Favre does indeed sign with the Vikings, he will go into Lambeau Field as a member of the arch rival. Whatever is left of his legacy will be destroyed. I don't really like either team but I hope the Packers kick their butt. It is the only way for the end to justify the means.

I honestly can't figure out why the Vikings want to go down this road. They have to know that he doesn't care about the team. He just wants revenge on the Packers.

To me this whole story is just a disgrace. Here is one of the best players of all time and look what he has become. I would just hope at some point the NFL would say enough is enough. Brett you were great but it is time for the next generation.