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July 14, 2008
Brett Favre is Getting
Old, And So Is His Act
Sunday, September 9, 2007, Brett Favre began his final season with a
16-13 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Chucking bombs three out of
every four plays, he led his team to a remarkable 13-3 regular season,
finally losing to the history-bound Giants in the NFC Championship Game.
March 6, 2008, Brett Favre wept in front of microphones, cameras,
reporters and all of us, announcing his retirement.
Around July 3, 2008, sources began reporting that Favre had indicated an
“itch” to return to the NFL. On July 5, he reportedly sent Green Bay
Packers General Manager Ted Thompson a text message, which we can only
speculate had something to do with, I don’t know, probably the Packers.
About a week later, sources reported that Favre had asked the Packers
for a release, indicating that he may have wasted a few tears on the
whimsical idea of retirement only three months earlier.
Before last season, I was under the persuasion that he should have left
the Packers alone years ago. In 2005, he threw nine more interceptions
than touchdowns, and the following season, he threw 18 of both. And in
both 2005 and 2006, his average yards per reception dropped to a rather
Philadelphia is going through a similar situation, with Donovan McNabb
constantly fighting injuries, and appearing a shadow of what he was
between 2000 and 2004. And despite whatever warm feelings I have for
McNabb as an Eagle, I’m an Eagles fan first, and am quite sure I am only
one of many who are ready to get started with someone else, possibly
Imagine what Packers fans are experiencing. On one hand, there is an
intense affection for one of the greatest and most endearing Packers in
history. But on the other, there’s the side that is most interested in
winning. Of course, Philadelphia fans and Green Bay fans are not the
same, but you’ve got to hope there are rational cheeseheads who put
winning above everything else. This is still football, right?
Here is how it should have looked:
Packers fans and administrators are seriously contemplating decreasing
Favre’s role with the Packers and investing much more heavily in younger
prospects. Meanwhile, Favre is convinced he’s got plenty left in the
tank, and has been pleading his case with the Packers ever since
misleading his team to a 4-12 season.
But what actually happened, not only after the 2005 season but even
2006, was the exact opposite. Everyone wanted him back, and Favre strung
them along right up until training camp. Does anyone else feel like
they’re taking crazy pills?
Until last season, one could have reasonably argued that Favre was
playing a much stronger role as a narcissist than a quarterback. And
despite his seeming resurgence last year (although I’m not too convinced
it had as much to do with Favre as the Packers sparkling new receiving
corps), his actions this off-season have shown that in Favre’s mind,
it’s still all about number one.
It’s time to give the young gun Aaron Rodgers a chance, or anyone but
Favre for that matter. He’s becoming a lot like the fat kid on the
seesaw, and the Packers are on the other end, stuck way up in the air,
just waiting for a chance to play with someone else.
The Packers have been patient to the point of masochism, but it’s got to
stop. Brett Favre is getting old, and so is his act.
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