A Violent Femme’s View – Forgiveness
Many of you probably saw Mike Freeman’s (@realfreemancbs on Twitter) article today on you-know-who and you know who else (okay, okay, I forgot I use his name now), ahem, I mean Brett and Aaron.
I loved the article, as usual with his writing, and despite some despairing tweets after the ongoing feedback directed to Mike that one feels we’ll never be done with this subject…while I understand fully, I feel compelled to comment.
Despite the fact I thought the piece was well written, as usual, and funny (anyone who uses “jerkiness” in a journalistic piece is my guy/gal), I actually disagree with at least part of Mike’s premise. He suggests we’ll forgive #4 and QB1 won’t (or may not, to be fair to his article). Please note, my use of “we” here is more of the royal “We”; I do not think I speak for Packer Nation. I know I am not alone, however.
I think Aaron may forgive Brett way before a lot of Packer fans do.
1) Interestingly enough, he’ll probably get perspective from the view of the Old Dongslinger, as sad as that may seem on the surface. As our now beloved QB1 ages, TT may bring in a younger, equally talented quarterback to take us to the next generation. That time is a ways off (hopefully) but even if things go perfectly it will happen. Once that happens, you can’t tell me that Aaron won’t feel a bit competitive, perhaps threatened in a way. Will he act like Brett did? No, I truly don’t think so. But Brett got along with Doug Pederson and Matt Hasselbeck just fine from my understanding. Brett was younger, and they were less threatening. Aaron was much too close and way too talented for comfort. I could be wrong, but I seem to recall his attitude towards Aaron had been publicly documented before the unceremonious dismissal. The new guy wasn’t going anywhere and the more that became apparent, the more Brett resented him. Aaron may come to understand this feeling better as time goes on as his career evolves. As Mike pointed out, Joe Montana and Steve Young can at least be in the same room now without glaring at each other. If you think Aaron has any less ego than Favre did, you’re on crack.
2) Players know football is a business, though I truly believe many of them do have loyalty to the teams they’ve played for, especially when it comes to fans. For that reason, I suspect ARodg is a bit more realistic about the world of the NFL than we are or could ever be. We can’t understand anyone wanting to ever leave the cocoon of Packer Nation. As Anita pointed out a long time ago, though, if fan nastiness would have persisted, #12 might have been happier than hell to go on to greener pastures.
While I think Aaron is thrilled with his current situation, he’s also smart enough to know that if you’re not happy in said situation you may want to move on. Okay, so move on. (Just not to the Vikings, for cripes sake! Or the Bears!)
One of the things I love best about Aaron Rodgers is the chip on his shoulder. I’ve always had one. Time alters all of us, no doubt, but I know for my part, I’m like Inigo Montoya when it comes to Brett. You dissed me and Packer Nation….prepare…well, you know.
Revenge truly is a dish best served cold. Enjoy it, Favre. You earned it with every comment, snub, posted picture of the “Thanks Ted” jersey and Deanna smirking…all of the things you decided you had to disclose; the updates you texted to Ed “What Will I Do If You Really Retire” Werder (did I just say texted? Ewwww) or allowed to be publicly displayed. Despite all this, Aaron will probably forgive you at some point. I’m a little closer to the Eagles. Maybe when Hell Freezes Over. Maybe sooner. But don’t count on my feeling warm and fuzzy towards you any time soon.
Oh, and dear, dear, Donald Driver, my suspected source for this article? Quit trying to broker a reconciliation. These are grown men, they’ll figure it out, or they won’t. Either way, you can love both of them and I’ll understand that totally. You know them. I know how I feel. I don’t hate Brett, and I’m grateful for his gifts and for the Super Bowl win. That said, I don’t blame Aaron a bit if he keeps the heat on a while.
He’s been through his own little hell. He’s earned it.
Okay NOW I’M DONE. NO MORE FAVRE. ARGH.