I have to imagine the vast majority of those who pretend to know better felt that Brett Favre wouldn’t stay retired. I said it back in March (Favre Retires… Not For Long?).
Your very own Johnny Heck lamented… “Society tends to have a short attention span these days. It bodes well for those of yesteryear, which is why I feel Brett Favre will be lured back to the field. He’s going to see the endless tributes on television and be inundated with interviews where the media kisses every part of his ass, and rightfully so.”
It was obvious, painfully so, that Favre didn’t want to leave the NFL. But the Green Bay Packers wanted to move past the face of their franchise. They want a future with Favre in the past. The writing on the wall was apparent the season before last. Few could have predicted such a powerful show from Favre and his glorious cheese-heads, coming just short of the Super Bowl. What a game that would have been. At any rate, he hung ‘em up. Walked away. For a while.
Now Favre wants to come back and play… somewhere. Even if it’s not with Green Bay.
I don’t feel the Packers organization should be vilified if they let Favre go elsewhere. Nor will Brett’s legacy be tainted with a gallant, final effort with another club. Does anyone remember Unitas on the Chargers? Namath on the Rams? Is Montana less than great because he faded away with the Chiefs?
Whether a NFL team wants Favre in there to win a championship or sell jersey’s, it doesn’t really matter. I don’t subscribe to the notion that any player ‘earns’ a right to play. The only thing they earn is a paycheck. And if an owner out there wants to open up the wallet and have Brett march on in to try and save the day, then so be it. I’ll still cheer for the guy.
The only question that baffles me in this whole mess… is what does Brett Favre have left to prove? I suppose Occam’s razor suggests that there is nothing left to prove.
The man just wants to play football.