Bring It On, Brett
I promised myself I wouldn’t do this again; that I would never issue another post using the “F word”. Unfortunately, “news” accounts of the past 48 hours have compelled me to break that vow.
For those who may have been out of the country, multiple sources have been reporting that former Green Bay Packers/New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre is meeting with Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress about yet another possible return to the NFL. Even if the speculation turns out to be “just rumors”, does it really matter at this point?
The Favre apologists will continue to believe that he can do no wrong and will forever blame the Packers organization, just as Favre himself obviously does, for ’pushing him out the door’.
For the rest of us who live in the real world, Favre’s actions have long demonstrated that he cares little about any legacy that remains from his time as a member of the Packers. Whatever resentment he harbors towards current Packers management, Favre can’t be naive to the effect that joining the Vikings would have on the many Packer fans that cheered him on for 16 years. In doing so, Favre would not only be ‘sticking it to general manager Ted Thompson’, but exhibiting his disregard for those very same fans.
It’s been argued that it’s Favre’s legacy to do with as he pleases; if he chooses to tarnish it in the eyes of many Packers fans that is his priviledge. But that ignores a basic tenet of fandom. Once an athlete puts on the uniform, he invites attention from fans. Without that sort of interest, professional sports would cease to exist on the level they currently occupy. Favre’s career in Green Bay would dictate that he be remembered as fondly as Packer greats such as Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, and Jerry Kramer among others. In choosing to turn his back on that sort of affection, Favre placed his ego above all else and absolved Packer fans of the responsibility of holding him in the same esteem.
So, come on back Brett. We’re tired of the circus. If the Vikings want to be the enablers for your need to spite the Packers organization, let them waste another year with a stopgap at quarterback. Get it out of your system and go away. Let the Vikings fans who have deluded themselves into thinking you’ll lead them to a Super Bowl become just as disappointed with you as their Packer rivals.
Here’s looking forward to your return to Lambeau Field. Just don’t expect the reception to be warm.