A Packer for Purple?: Green Bay Fans, It's Still OK to Like Brett Favre

Adam LindemerSenior Analyst ISeptember 29, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 27: Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings passes the ball against the San Francisco 49ers at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 27, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the 49ers 27-24. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

I know there's a very large percentage of the people reading this giving me the "Boy, you must be crazy" look right now.
In all honesty though, Packers fans can still like the old gunslinger.
I've been a cheesehead for nearly 20 years, and even though he's now wearing a different color with that gold, I can still call myself a fan of No. 4, the player.

No, I'm not a traitor. It's not like I'm cheering on the 'ViQueens' to win every week, or own a purple 'Favre' jersey. I'm just still interested in what Favre does on Sunday's.

He still loves the game, although he doesn't really like Monday through Saturday much anymore, but he still shows up. This is a man who loves football.

Some think that he came back, and more importantly with the Vikings, to "stick it" to the Packers twice a year. So this year is supposedly filled with spite towards Ted Thompson and the rest of Green Bay's organization.

What about last year then? If his sole motivation is spite against the Packers, then why did he play for the Jets last season, who never even had a sniff of Green Bay. That was not only out of the division, but out of conference as well.

When you've played a game for as long as Favre has, you will love the game until the day you die. So I doubt is sole reason is spite.

Plus, it shouldn't matter WHY he's playing, instead it's the fact THAT he's playing.

He's a big reason for the NFL's growing popularity since the mid 1990's, and he brought Green Bay Packers football back from the dead in the 80's and early 90's.

I'm not willing to erase 16 years of great football memories just because two grown men (Thompson and Favre) couldn't get along. 

Believe me, when Minnesota plays Green Bay twice this year, I'll be the first one cheering when Favre gets knocked on his gluteus maximus.

I won't have to wait long either, as Favre battles the Packers in front of the entire world for Monday Night Football in Week Four.

I can't wait until he throws his first INT in that game either. The good thing for me though is that I won't have a heart attack when he does throw a pick-six.
Oh, and what wbout the game when Favre goes back home (yea that's right, I said it) to Lambeau in Week 8. I wonder how the fans will react?
Probably more boo's at Lambeau, and I'm not talking about Miller Lite. 

My loyalties are with my hometown teams (Packers, Brewers, Bucks, Badgers), but I shouldn't have to feel bad cheering for players who aren't on those teams. Heck, I don't even like everybody that happens to be on one of "my" teams.

But it shouldn't matter where one guy plays that determines whether you're "allowed" to cheer for them or not.

Try this on for size: How many Packer fans out there can admit to liking Barry Sanders and Walter Payton. I can.

They were divisional rivals their entire careers, but I still like Barry and Sweetness every day they weren't playing the Packers.

Or this one; I cheer for Lee Evans, but I am in no way a Buffalo Bills fan.

I love Ichiro and Ken Griffey, Jr. (even when he was with division rival Cincinnati), but I don't care if the Mariners do well or not.

I am simply a fan of sports. Like everybody else, I have the teams that I 'live and die' for, but I also like the guys who love what they do, and do it well.

Everybody loved Favre when he was a Packer, yet despise him when he left, because of the way he left.

I'm not going to tell you that you have to cheer for Favre, but I shouldn't have to deal with the ridicule just because I still like him.

For all the "new" Favre-haters out there though, what are you going to do when his time comes to go into Canton?

Because if you hate him now, I'd feel bad if you had to jump the bandwagon to cheer him on when he gets enshrined with the rest of the all-time greats.

Favre 4-Ever.

*Please no nasty comments, we are all civilized human beings*