Brett Favre: The Never Ending Story Continues

Mike SalvatoreCorrespondent IIIAugust 19, 2009

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - AUGUST 18: Brett Favre talks with the media after his first practice with the Minnesota Vikings on August 18, 2009 at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  (Photo by Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)

There are few things in this life you can count on happening: you will grow old, the seasons will change, and Brett Favre will have his annual unretirement party.

In case you've been living under a rock, Brett Favre officially came out of retirement for the second (or third, who knows at this point?) time. This time, he'll suit up for the Minnesota Vikings.

Now I, for one, have no problem with Favre wanting to continue to play football. It's his career, and he should keep playing as long as he wants. Sure, he might tarnish his legacy by going the way of players such as Joe Namath by sticking around for a season or two too long, but he has earned that right.

I DO have a problem with the way Favre has conducted himself for the last several offseasons. Going as far back as the 2005 offseason, it seems as though Favre has been contemplating his retirement from the NFL.

This obviously creates a distraction for those around him. Favre had built so much goodwill while he was in Green Bay that the team allowed him the time to think about his career and whether he wanted to come back. This was a noble act by the team, but it created a precedence that has continued for far too long.

Favre was basically allowed to question his future with the team for as long as he deemed fit, mostly to miss part of training camp, ultimately to return. Finally, the Packers grew weary of this act. After the 2007 season ended, they demanded an answer sooner rather then later.

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Everyone knows how that story played out: Favre retired, and Aaron Rodgers was handed the reins to the Packers franchise. The only problem was the old gun slinger wasn't ready to call it quits yet.

What transpired over the next several months was a media circus that would make T.O. jealous. Favre was portrayed the victim of a coup by the Packers coaching staff and front office as a way to get Rodgers on the field. Football analysts across the nation defended Favre, feeling he was forced to retire.

The Packers were unfairly painted the villain in this story by no fault of their own. They had been very understanding and accommodating to Favre for years, and now it came back to bite them in the ass.

The Packers held their ground, but so did Favre, and he was eventually traded to the Jets. After a hot start to the season, the Jets would fall apart by the end of the season and miss the playoffs due to Favre's poor play.

Lesson learned, right?

Well...not exactly.

This offseason was filled with questions about whether Favre would sign with the Vikings. After wavering on the issue and holding countless media outlets hostage for several months, Favre announced his retirement from football in July, and the world was a much better place.

Or did he?

After getting in contact with the Vikings this past weekend and telling the team he felt good enough to play, he was signed to a two-year contract and was on the practice field yesterday.

Favre has somehow been able to get what he wants two years in a row. He was traded away from Green Bay last year, and this year he signed with the team he wanted to play for all along: the Minnesota Vikings.

Brett Favre is an all-time great quarterback; he's also an all-time headache. Good luck, Minnesota, he's your problem now.


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