So, Brett Favre’s season is over. As for his career, who knows? I’ve done my share of critizing Favre for his decisions over the past two years. I’ve even slammed him a bit via twitter. So, here are my final thoughts on Favre after this season.
First and foremost, let’s agree that Favre had a good year. Put all the crap aside for a minute and just look what he did for the Vikings. Head Coach Brad Childress saw an opportunity last summer. He called Favre and the two agreed that he’d play in Minnesota this year. And I suppose you could say it was a good decision. As a Packer fan, it’s hard to admit, but come on. The Vikings made it to the NFC Championship game. Fine. Favre thought he could still play, and Childress agreed. Good for them.
But I do want to make three points.
First, I still have a beef with Brett Favre, a beef that goes back to the summer of 2008 and the interview he gave with Greta Van Susteren. He specifically spelled out three reasons why he doesn’t trust Packers GM Ted Thompson. I won’t rehash those reasons here, you can read my blog post from August 3, 2008. But he spoke with such arrogance. He spoke like, “I’m Brett Favre and the GM should do as I say.” Since the GM didn’t agree with him on three issues, he didn’t trust him. Seriously? Who really gives a crap that a QB doesn’t trust the GM? After all that has happened with Favre and the Jets and the Vikings, this interview stands out as Favre being an idiot.
Second, we’re now two years removed from Favre’s first retirement and Ted Thompson’s decision to go with Aaron Rodgers. That was a pretty simple situation. Favre retired, Thompson and Head Coach Mike McCarthy named Rodgers the starting QB, Favre changed his mind, Thompson said “sorry, we already have a QB”. This was the issue that divided Packer nation for a long time. For some reason, we all split. Either you were a Packer fan or a Favre fan. Either you thought that no one player is bigger than the Packers, or you felt that Favre is god and what he says goes.
The difference now is that we have two seasons to look back on to see if Thompson made a good decision. In Rodgers first two seasons as the Packers’ starting quarterback, he passed for over 4,000 yards. Each! That’s never been done before in the history of the NFL. Rodgers is the first. We could look at many other numbers and stats, but if you ask any NFL expert, they’ll agree with me, that it was a good decision.
The only question that remains unanswered is, what ever happened to the Green Bay Favre fans who vowed to camp out every night at Lambeau Field until the Packers took Favre back?
Third, and this is probably the most important issue for me as a Packers stockholder, season ticket holder and lifelong fan. Brett Favre will be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. The Green Bay Packers will retire Favre’s #4 jersey. Brett Favre will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as a Packer. These are all facts. They will happen. And I can’t wait. There will indeed come a time when Brett Favre will walk on the hallowed ground of Lambeau Field as an NFL alumnus, and we fans will go nuts. We’ll stand up and cheer for him like we’ve never done before. And I’ll be the loudest one.
I still don’t like what he said about Ted Thompson, but he can redeem himself, and if he does, I’ll feel differently about Brett Favre, the man. In the mean time, Brett Favre the player is the best thing to happen to the Packers in a generation. We had zero quarterback controversy for 16 seasons. How many quarterbacks did your team have between 1992 and 2007?
Brett Favre was exciting to watch, and I can’t wait for the day when I’m once again proud to wear my Packers #4 jersey, to honor the greatest NFL quarterback that I’ve ever seen at Lambeau Field.