I’ve been waiting for so long to talk about this. This whole Brett Favre situation is the most ridiculous story of the summer so far. For those of you who haven’t followed the (ongoing) saga, this is the gist: Brett Favre, a few weeks after being coldly beaten by the scummy New York Giants in the NFC Championship last January, made a teary-eyed announcement stating his retirement from the NFL and the Green Bay Packers. The quarterback is a football legend who was having a stellar year last season but for whatever reason decided to call it quits. So long, Brett Favre.
But not quite. This man flip-flops more than John McCain. Cut to early summer and we start hearing from the Favre camp that he has been practicing at local gyms and high schools and that he feels pretty good. Then comes the announcement from Favre that he is thinking of playing pro again. Then comes the announcement from the Packers that they don’t need a quarterback, they have Aaron Rodgers (Rogers?). And since, chaos has ensued.
You got the one side, probably many of the Packers faithfuls, pressuring the team to take the legendary and still effective quarterback back. He’s Brett Favre. Green Bay has to take him. Then you got the other side saying that the man willingly retired and was replaced. If he wants to come back, he’s gonna have to come back somewhere else or in a different role – possibly backup quarterback.
My take on the situation is this: Brett Favre retired. Whether or not the Green Bay brass pressured him to is not the point (Favre is a grown man and a superstar, he can make his own decisions). If Brett Favre wants to come back to football, he has to be allowed to but it shouldn’t be to Green Bay. They have a very young, vibrant team and who knows where they can go with Aaron Rogers. Favre failed to deliver in crunch time in that frozen NFC Champ game (remember that interception?). There are at least a dozen football organizations that could take Favre as starting quarterback. He’d have a chance to take a down and out team to stardom and glory and, given the guy’s skills, I bet he could. Green Bay needs to trade him out and get on with this. There training camp starts Saturday and that team, if they are ever going to gel this season, needs to get behind their quarterback early, especially if it is a new starter like Rodgers.
But, to play devil’s advocate for a moment, I will put myself in the shoes of a Green Bay fan. If after the Super Bowl, Tom Brady had come out and said he’s retiring, I would have been devastated. If in the summer months, Brady had come back and said, “You know what, I feel like playing for another season. Put me in as the starting quarterback again for the Patriots,” would I not have felt overwhelming joy? No offense to Matt Cassel – or the 500 hundred other contenders the Patriots have right now for backup QB – but he’s Tom Brady.
See, there’s the difference for me. I don’t care how long he’s played the game, how many awards and championships he’s won. Brett Favre is no Tom Brady. Because Brady would never have done that to his team. He wouldn’t have retired until he knew he was done.
And that’s why I continue to loathe Brett Favre.