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For God’s sake, Brett Favre, go away!

Posted by sanityinjection on August 18, 2009

There’s a song titled, “How Can I Miss You If You Won’t Go Away?”  American football fans must be tempted to wonder if that song was written about legendary NFL quarterback, Brett Favre, who appears poised to unretire for the billionth time and play for the Minnesota Vikings.

Favre, the long-time successful and Super Bowl champion QB of the Green Bay Packers, first disgraced this blog over a year ago, when I called him a “football terrorist” for his terminal case of indecision as to whether he was going to retire. For those of you who prefer the short version of events, Favre jerked his team, the Packers, around, repeatedly changing his mind. After publicly retiring, he then asked to be released so he could play for another team – reputedly the Vikings. Rather than have to play against Favre twice a year, they suggested he return to Green Bay as the backup QB. Eventually the stalemate was resolved when Favre was traded to the New York Jets and was their starting QB last season.

After the trade, I wrote:

“Favre will make the Jets better this year – they might even make the playoffs – but he adds nothing in the long term. So again, the big winner here is the Green Bay Packers. Now they just have to hope that their young QB, Aaron Rodgers, performs well enough that the fans are not constantly second-guessing their decision.”

My comments proved to be prophetic. With Favre, the Jets improved from 4-12 to 9-7, but his play tailed off in the last half of the season as the physical stress took its toll on his aging body. The Jets did not make the playoffs. The Packers didn’t either, but Favre’s replacement, Aaron Rodgers, had a solid season. When it was over, it was clear even to Favre that he didn’t have enough left in the tank to be a starter anymore. So he retired again.

As the offseason moved on, though, Favre obtained his release from the Jets and the Minneosta Vikings tried hard to convince Favre to play for them. After putting them through the same ringer he did with Green Bay, Minnesota finally told him to fish or cut bait. He told them he was going to stay retired – and yet now various sources are reporting his signing with the Vikings is imminent. How lovely for the two quarterbacks actually in Vikings training camp working hard to earn the #1 spot. How lovely for Favre’s wife and children to never know from one minute to the next whether Daddy will be an absentee for four months again this year.

Ultimately, the words to describe Favre’s behavior are “childish” and “selfish”. Once beloved around the league, he has destroyed his legacy and made himself into a buffoon. It’s questionable whether he can last a full season with the Vikings. Favre genuinely loves to play football, but there comes a time when you have to assess yourself realistically and realize that you can’t play at that level anymore.  For Favre, that time has clearly passed.

Ironically, the best thing that could happen to Favre would be to fail the team physical and be spared what lies ahead of him – widespread antipathy and further obvious degradation of his football skills. In Green Bay, where mothers used to name their children after him, Favre will be deservedly booed when he shows up in a Vikings uniform. Much like those who will root against the Philadelphia Eagles for signing convicted animal torturer Michael Vick, millions of football fans will wish failure upon the Minnesota Vikings for aiding and abetting this man-child’s enormous ego. And I will be one of them.


2 Responses to “For God’s sake, Brett Favre, go away!”

  1. Jess Chapman said

    “. . . millions of football fans will wish failure upon the Minnesota Vikings for aiding and abetting this man-child’s enormous ego.”

    Assuming they forget that Favre is still the avatar of the NFL, retired or not. If they don’t, they may just change their allegiance to Minnesota. You’d be surprised how many people let old glories overshadow new egos.

  2. Adding insult to injury, at his press conference Favre explained his decision to sign with the Vikings thusly: “If you’re a true Packer fan, you understand.”

    Apparently that line really sent Green Bay’s faithful over the edge “who reacted as if they’d just heard someone pitch the positives of joining the Taliban.” And I can’t blame them:;_ylt=AgCdiw7LAAPwcAPL1gkceXF0fNdF?slug=cr-favrereaction081809&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

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