We Should Want Him Back
July 27, 2008
“Did Brett Favre do the right thing”?
Are we still questioning this? Is this going to be another one of those questions that will be asked all the way through the NFL season? Is this going to be the most annoying question of the year?
Here’s a question that deserves answering: Is ANYONE happy Favre is back? I mean, you asked for him to come back just one more year. And he has! I mean, COME ON! Not everyone gets the chance to see a legend who called it quits come back. Let’s look at the list:
Remember that one running back from the Detroit Lions. Yeah, Barry Sanders. That guy could have been the best running back of all-time if he keep on going. He retired. Everyone wanted him back. If he did, would the Lions’ fans tell him not to come back? Heck no.
Remember that guy who won, at the time, 3 championships with the Bulls. Yeah, Michael Jordan. That guy could have been the greatest basketball player of all-time. He retired. Everyone wanted him back. He did, and I don’t recall the coach putting him on the bench.
Remember the greatest pitcher on the Yankees? Yeah, Roger Clements. On his way to the Hall of Fame, Clements really showed that he was the greatest pitcher of this era. He retired. Everyone wanted him back (Don’t lie, Red Sox fans). He did, and I don’t remember anything about fans regretting (I mean, the Yankees have him back, don’t they?).
Remember that guy who won, at the time, 6 championships with the Bulls. Yeah, Michael Jordan. That guy was the greatest basketball player of all-time. He retired. Everyone wanted him back. He did, and, again, I don’t recall fans booing him on the court.
Remember the greatest 3-point shooter in the game? Yeah, Reggie Miller. That guy made so many clutch moments, that it seemed that it was always “Miller Time” in Indy. He retired. Everyone wanted him back. If he did, would the Pacers try to trade him away?
I guess my point is that everyone always calls for the legend not to call it quits. And yes, I’ll give you the point that Favre talked about retirement for too many years. Yes, Favre had such an emotional press conference. Yes, Favre’s “nitch” for playing was done in a non-professional way. Yes, Favre shouldn’t have done it the way he did. And of course, yes, Aaron Rodgers should be the starter next year. He’s waited long enough.
But no, Favre doesn’t deserve this treatment from the Packers. No, he shouldn’t have been even considered for trading. No, he should have been welcomed back with open arms. No, the players should be thrilled that The General is back. And no, this whole media blow-up about Favre should not have happened. He is a legend. And he should be treated with more respect.
Now, half of me says, “What the heck? Let Favre start!”. But, of course, my logic gut says that it shouldn’t be. To be honest, this has been way too unfair for Aaron Rodgers.
But if the Packers want to win the Super Bowl, they have to play Brett. I mean, it’s Brett Favre!
Now, I don’t know if fans will boo or cheer for Brett. I don’t know if he’ll ever play a game in the NFL. I don’t know if this comeback will result in anything. I couldn’t even tell you my prediction for the Packers if Rodgers started. But I do know this.
The Top 5 Reasons You Can’t Blame Brett Favre for the way he came out of retirement:
5. His Family (agreeing to rumors and stating opinions)
4. The fans (who once called him name to come back now question the call)
3. Mike McCarthy (admitting this was a distraction)
2. ESPN [the media] (the media is one thing, but ESPN is its own category)
1. Ted Thompson (Packers’ GM) (admitting this was a distraction, attempting to shop Favre around amid the media-hyped issue)
Here’s something we should do. Just Let Favre play. Win a Super Bowl. He’ll say good-bye. Rodgers gets his spot in the spotlight. But just wondering, what happens if Rodgers messes up? What happens if Rodger just can’t led this team? And what happens if it’s way too late to let Favre led?
Just let Favre play.