Let’s go back to the end of the 2007 NFL season.
Brett Favre, after completing 16 seasons in the NFL, most of them with the Green Bay Packers, emotionally and reluctantly decided to hang up his football cleats. It was time to spend more time with his family after giving all that he could possibly give to the game of football.
Then, after spending the winter and part of the spring contemplating his decision, he had second thoughts about his decision and made the decision to return to the gridiron in 2008 in a New York Jets uniform.
After a great start, things went downhill in a hurry in the second half of the season, and in the end Favre again decided to call it quits to an outstanding career.
Not so fast, my friend.
Recent reports from many sources—ESPN being one of the many—say Brett Favre is scheduled to talk to the Minnesota Vikings brass about coming back once again.
Brett, I could have sworn I heard you say in your latest press conference that there was absolutely no way you would play football again, ever.
Asked again if you were sure, if you were absolutely sure, you said, “Yes, I’m sure.”
Now I understand how hard it is to admit it’s time to quit when you’re one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.
This is not intended to be a Brett Favre-bashing session, but what in the world is going on here?
Is he not sure what he wants to do, or is there a hidden agenda?
I submit there might be a little gamesmanship going on here. The Jets had the option to re-sign Favre for the 2009 NFL season if he wanted to come back. He told them he didn’t want to play anymore, so the Jets gave him his unconditional release (after drafting Mark Sanchez of USC, by the way).
Now the Vikings have offered to talk to Favre about being the QB for the Vikings in 2009, allowing him to face off against his beloved Green Bay Packers, the team that showed him the door.
Is Favre trying to prove something to himself and the Packers?
Is he contemplating coming back for the wrong reasons, or is he genuinely having this indecision because he loves the game of football so much?
I actually think this time around it’s a little more fair to all involved. The Packer fiasco was handled horribly, no matter which side of the fence you were on. At least now no one will be left hanging out to dry, as was the case during the Green Bay-Favre negotiations.
There’s no doubt Brett Favre can still play QB in the NFL, and I’m all for seeing him play for the Vikings if it all works out.
But Brett, for the love of all that’s decent, please don’t retire again until you are absolutely sure you are ready to hang it up.
We’re all growing very tired of the drama.
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