Brett Favre Just Wants To Win, Baby

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IJune 20, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 23:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the New York Jets celebrates on the field during the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on November 23, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Sure, there's a small part of Brett Favre that is going to love facing his former team twice in 2009.

There's a part of him, deep down, that gets added fuel to the fire from his disdain for Ted Thompson and the Green Bay front office.

After all, he's a Packers legend, holds all their records, brought them a Super Bowl, and dispersed his magic throughout the city for 16 seasons.

And while I can see why many feel it's betrayal that he's considering trading in his "good-guy" persona for a shot at glory with the hated Vikings, I don't buy it.

Favre is a hurt man.

He gave everything he could to an organization for his entire career, catapulting himself to the face of the NFL, establishing himself as a sports icon for, quite likely, the rest of his life and possibly forever.

He's won three MVP's (in a row, mind you), has reached two Super Bowl's, has had a record below 8-8 just once, and he's never missed a game due to injury.

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Oh, but there's more to love about Favre, and not just the "old" Brett. There's plenty to cheer about the current one, too.

If you can take yourself out of the equation, Packers fan or not, he really isn't doing anything wrong.

He's just continuing his dream of playing football at the highest level, fighting for a championship with the next best team (outside of Green Bay) that he's comfortable with and feels has a shot at a title.

Let's be realistic. Whether you'd like to admit it or not, Brett Favre would still be a Packer if it were up to him.

Erase everything that has accumulated in the past year and a half, and ask Favre where he see's himself. The answer is either a pause that leads into the thought of retirement or playing another season with a playoff-contending Packers team.

Sure, Favre's late-season waffling and eventual retirement kept him from playing with Green Bay in 2008, but there's more to it than that. Even the fiercest Favre-hater can admit to that.

Ted Thompson never made it a secret that he wanted to see what his guy, Aaron Rodgers, had, and he didn't fully believe Favre could keep it up at 38.

Well, he was right about one thing. Rodgers panned out, and now Green Bay's future looks bright.

But at what cost? While they aren't completely to blame either, they've taken a huge hand in tarnishing their former quarterback's legacy and have ruined his relationship with the team.

On the flip-side, Favre followed through with his comeback threats last summer, and while he thought he was going to Tampa Bay, Thompson and the rest of the front office switched things on him at the last second, sending him to New York, a place he wasn't really high on to begin with.

He entered a scene where several players were bitter after Chad Pennington was released. He walked into a complex offense that he probably never fully grasped.

Yet, with everything working against him, Favre churned out eight victories in 11 games while throwing for 20 touchdowns.

He also led the Jets to back-to-back wins over the Patriots, as well as the (at the time) undefeated Tennessee Titans.

Then, all hell broke loose.

Favre hurt his arm, began his infamous slide that killed the Jets season, and added even more people to the "hate Favre" bandwagon.

But I present to you all, Favre-haters, a fair warning.

Favre's arm is repaired, healthy, and pain-free.

Like him or not, he's headed to Minnesota. He has a great running back and solid offensive options around him, as well as a great supporting defense.

He is the final spice in a recipe for playoff success.

But, contrary to popular belief, Favre isn't doing this merely to spite the Packers.

He's doing it because he's not done with football. He loves the game, people. And he sees Minnesota as a familiar spot to take one last chance at glory.

He gets to run the same offense he ran for 16 years in the same division he played in for his entire career, save for last season.

It's not about Green Bay versus Minnesota—unless you want it to be.

But keep jumping on that bandwagon. Do it because you're afraid of Favre and the endless possibilities.

Do it because you were a huge Favre fan, and you hate to see him play for Minnesota.

Do it because you think he's finished.

Do it because you're sick of all the Favre news and articles.

But don't go back on your word. Because then, according to you, you'd be no better than him.

The truth is, we're under-appreciating this entire situation.

We're under-valuing Favre as a player, and we're ignoring how special this situation is for both Minnesota and Green Bay, as well as the entire NFL.

And for everyone that sees the facts: Michael Jordan playing for the Wizards, Joe Montana playing for the Chiefs, and so on, it's a shame.

It's almost as if the hatred of Favre has built up because of a collective annoyance.

So the guy can't make up his mind. Hey, it usually takes me a while to decide between a Twix or a Snickers at the vending machine.

I wouldn't even begin to fathom how difficult a decision it would be to retire from the NFL if I still could play.

If you still don't believe he can, you're in for a rude awakening.

More than anything, it's important we don't forget who Brett Favre is, and what he's all about.

He's always been about the game of football. It's all he's ever known. His father is gone, and all the rest of his family keeps twisting his arm to play.

Because they know once he does step away, there's no going back. He only gets one shot at this. There's no return at 44. He's not going to be a half-ass Vinny Testaverde.

As he said in an interview, his arm is okay, but okay isn't good enough for the NFL, at least not for him.

It's clear Favre holds a lot of respect for the game and for any future team he plays for, which goes directly against the claims that he's a "schemer" and a "traitor".

In the end, you will believe what you want to believe, and few will change their tune.

If you ask me, Favre sees a good opportunity to continue his playing career in a comfortable and familiar environment.

That's not what I would call a traitor, though it would be easy to do so. That's what I call an opportunist.