Brett Favre, a Selfish Man

Chris MillerContributor IAugust 3, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings waves on the field against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 31-28 in overtime. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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It appears that Brett Favre is finally going to put an end to this sickening three year dance he's been having with the media, and whatever team he happens to be playing for at the time, and retire.

I never begrudged the man for wanting to continue playing, it's his right to keep going as long as he wants. What bothered me is the incredibly selfish way that he went about it.

Over the last three years, it has become ever apparent to me that Brett Favre, the teammate and man, was just a carefully constructed image. He has turned out to be just as selfish, and driven by his own ego as Terrell Owens.

The timing of his retirement in itself is a prime example of him not giving a damn about his team.

It's obvious that the Vikings were operating under the assumption that Favre was returning. They didn't draft a QB, they didn't make a play for McNabb, they held their ground. They were certain that No. 4 was going to be back under center in 2010, leading them towards another run for the Super Bowl.

Well, in the time it takes to read a text message, those hopes have been dashed.

That's not all, going back to last offseason.

In a wave of fake tears, Brett announced his retirement after one poor season with the New York Jets. Just a few months later, he was signing a two year deal to put on the purple and gold. Why? Revenge. It's that simple, his ego wouldn't let him go away without beating the Packers.

He didn't care about his teammates on the Jets, so he retired. They moved on, then he signed where he wanted to be all along, Minnesota, where he could play Green Bay twice a year.

In the end though, the biggest example of how selfish of a player he was is the way he played the game most of his career. Reckless. With a gunslingers attitude.

He was going to win the game, or lose the game with his arm alone. When all else fails, throw it up, and see what happens. His style was all about him, and anybody who says that it didn't cost them a fair amount of games is lying to themselves.

In the end, most people will view Favre as a great player and a winner.

I will remember him as a selfish player, who if only he learned to control his ego could have won a lot more.