Holmgren Doesn’t Deserve The Favre Drama Train
Kelly wrote a killer POV on why the Packers extended an olive branch to Favre for the Hall of Fame Holmgren induction dinner, and John wrote something over at DFB that was just as great. I see their points. Favre was/is a defining moment(s) in Holmgren’s career. This is an opportunity for us to smooth the path a bit and perhaps pave the way for Favre to repair a relationship with a fan base that supported him for so long.
I’m doubtful it will happen.
I just can’t agree that I want him anywhere near Green Bay on July 21, 2012. I became a Packers fans in 1992 because I believed in the QB that completed his first pass to himself. We all felt it when he came out about his drug usage. We felt the exihiliration when we finally won a Super Bowl. We felt his pain when he played a game the day after his dad passed away.
I didn’t care when he went to the Jets – in fact, I was happy for him, and happy that he could continue his career when I felt the Packers handled it poorly. When he decided to play for the Vikings though, it felt like a cheating boyfriend who wanted to throw it in your face in the form of Facebook pictures. You had to see him every Sunday. You couldn’t avoid the coverage. You couldn’t avoid how well he was playing, or what happened when he played the Packers for the first time wearing purple.
For the first time, I saw Favre as an egotistical player who could care less for the people who had supported him for so many years. Not once did he ever acknowledge the wrongdoing of that, preferring to be in the spotlight and doing the whole “woe is me” routine – almost as if we weren’t good enough for him. The Packers organization didn’t mean enough to him. That his years with Holmgren, those years molding him into the player and team leader he is, didn’t matter.
If Favre sets foot anywhere near Holmgren’s induction, the spotlight will automatically be on him. It will take away from a Coach who deserves attention for the milestones he achieved with the Packers organization. He deserves for fans, players and the front office staff to focus on what Mike Holmgren did to turn this organization and the fan’s belief in it around.
It’s selfish, and totally Favre of 2008 and beyond to show up. If he really wants to be a part of the Holmgren Hall of Fame festivities, I suggest he privately reaches out to congratulate the coach and thank him for everything he did. I encourage him to do small tokens to his former teammates to extend his own olive branch, as opposed to blazing in. When you destroy a bridge, you have to build it back brick by brick. He’s done a lot of damage, and I think both from an image and fan standpoint, he’d be wise to stay away.
There are other ways to repair a destroyed relationship – and it starts with change in behavior.
Agree or disagree? (and if you’re going to disagree, tell me why instead of just telling me I know nothing about the Packers )