Brett Favre proves his worth as respectable person

By dchardon26  |   Monday, August 24, 2009  |  Comments( 0 )

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So Brett Favre has decided to grace the NFL with his presence for a 19th season. As unhappy as most folks seem about this, it's actually a good thing. Favre is a living legend and a surefire Hall of Famer. Vikings fans are especially ecstatic now that they believe they have a quarterback who can lead them to a Superbowl. So why is the rest of the country tired of hearing about Brett?

Regardless of what Packer fans will say, somewhere deep down they still love Brett Favre. That is, Brett Favre the football player. It's Brett Favre the man they loathe now. It seems like Favre enjoys taking Packer fans for a ride on the misery train. Even before he "officially" retired the first time, the two seasons before he wrestled with retiring during the entire summer, stressing everyone in Wisconsin. Favre retired after the 2007 season after much deliberation, and then two months later decided he wanted to play again. That was the beginning of the Favre fiasco. The rest of the story is well chronicled. He gets traded to the New York Jets after telling Packer brass that he really wants to get traded to the Vikings, much to the chagrin of every Cheesehead worldwide. Brett plays one dismal season with the Jets and then retires for the second time. Two months after he retires and is released from New York, he decides he feels like he wants to play again and now he can play for the team he always wanted to, the Minnesota Vikings. The drama doesn't end there. He tells Vikings head coach Brad Childress that he doesn't feel he can compete at a high level and retires for a third time. Three weeks later Brett is feeling fine and ends his retirement to sign with the Vikings.

In Brett Favre's head, the entire NFL must revolve around him. Brett has stated on more than one occasion that he loves to play on Sundays, but doesn't enjoy all the practicing and training camps. That's understandable, Favre isn't a spring chicken anymore. But it's not fair to retire for the summer and then unretire right before the season starts. Football is the ultimate team sport, where team chemistry is just as important as team talent. Lately Brett's actions have shown that he believes he is above all of the practices and team building that his teammates go through. That's a great first impression to make. Favre is only thinking of himself at this point in his career. His ego matches that of some game named Owens who plays in Buffalo now. Favre feels slighted by Packers management for not giving in to his confusion on whether he wants to play and practice. So he requested to be traded to their most hated rivals, great way to show loyalty to the fans who were so loyal to you for so long Brett. He says that playing for the Vikings gives him the best shot to win a championship because they are a Superbowl ready team and he can recite the offensive system in his sleep. Reality is it gives Brett the best shot to whoop up on the Packers for not wanting him back after toying with them for three seasons. That's where most of the animosity comes from toward Brett, he's not honest with his fans. He blames it on indecisiveness, but it boils down to the same point. Favre wants to do what he wants to do when he wants to do it and screw everyone else. It's all about himself now. Fans tend to blur the lines between of player and person when it comes to sports. Favre is known for his "ironman" like stat of starting over 250 games. But remember he was addicted to pain pills back in the mid-90's. And after that came the drinking problem that almost ended his marriage. So no, Brett Favre isn't perfect but because he excelled on the field all these miscues were overlooked. Brett Favre the player is great, but Brett Favre the man is debatable. The question is, should we be surprised?
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