Shortly after the Chicago Bears dismantled the Minnesota Vikings on national television, quarterback Brett Favre told Bears defensive end Julius Peppers to “go beat the Packers in a couple weeks.” Favre, who had originally been ruled out earlier in the week, made a miraculous comeback and started the game with a bum shoulder, but lasted just a quarter and a half before being knocked out with a concussion. He finished the game 5-for-7 with 63 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.
Why Brett, why?
For the last three seasons Green Bay Packers fans have been told to let things go with old No. 4. He’s not part of the team anymore. He had a great 16-year run with the Packers but now it’s time for Aaron Rodgers to take the helm and make us forget. Fans were told to move on.
So why can’t Favre?
Maybe some of what he said had to do with the concussion he suffered in the game, but more likely it had to do with his ongoing beef against the Packers’ front office, its coaches, its players, and its fans. For some reason three years hasn’t been enough for Favre to get over the fact that the Packers are over him. Maybe Favre asked Peppers to finish a job he couldn’t do this season. The Packers went 2-0 against the Vikings this season, outscoring Favre and his teammates by a combined score of 59-27.
No one can ever take away the amazing accomplishments Favre acheived during his illustrious career in Green Bay, but it’s a thing of the past now. General manager Ted Thompson made a decision three years ago that Aaron Rodgers, who had been waiting in the wings for three years, would take over as the starting quarterback.
It was a decision based on Green Bay being unable to wait around for Favre, who announced his retirement three months earlier. When Favre received that infamous “itch” to play football again, it wasn’t the Thompson who pushed Favre out. It was Favre.
Thompson told Favre he could come back under the terms that he play behind Rodgers and fight for the starting gig. Seeing as this would put a major dent in his legacy (seems ironic now), Favre requested a trade. There are no facts behind this statement, but many assume Favre wanted to play for the Vikings from the moment Thompson told him he wasn’t the main man in Green Bay.
He was out to stick it to the Packers, and apparently still is. Favre is just a bitter old man who can’t get past the fact that the Packers are not only moving on, but succeeding mightily, without him as quarterback. Throw in the fact that Rodgers has won over the hearts of everyone in Green Bay with his stellar play and it digs at Favre even more.
He was once considered a legend in Green Bay and many wondered how the Packers would move on. It just didn’t seem real when we watched him fight back tears at that March press conference. But for Packers fans, that day did come. It came and went, and three years later the Packers have unbelievable upside and are thriving as an organization.
On the other side, Favre is fading away from the game like a bad car wreck: it’s awful to watch but we just can’t look away. The allegations of him sending inappropriate texts to Jenn Sterger, the constant injury updates and 24/7 coverage on ESPN, his awful play on the field that has the Vikings near the cellar of the NFC North, and now this.
There may come a time in Favre’s life where he decides to forgive the Packers for whatever he feels they did, but it sure seems like that day a long ways away. It’s sad to watch him ruin his legacy in Green Bay, but Packers fans will once again be asked to forget about what was said and move on.
Maybe Favre will one day be able to do the same.