The title of this post pretty much says it all.
I am neither a Green Bay Packers or Chicago Bears fan, but I’ll be the first to admit that Brett Favre is one of the greatest (despite his penchant for throwing picks) quarterbacks in NFL history. However, his decision to grouse on his retirement now--two weeks out from the Packers opening their training camp, drafting two new QBs, and placing Aaron Rogers in the starter role for 2008--could not possibly be timed worse.
Yes, Favre was a major component in the Packers’ resurgence as an NFL franchise after suffering under the dominance of the Bears in the ‘80s, but (IMO) that does not give him the right to put the team into such an awkward position by, at 38, belly-aching about wanting to play again so late into its plans for the coming season.
Interestingly, at the Milwaukee TV newsroom where my brother works, he reports that even local Packer fans are less than enthused with Favre’s comeback, and its poor timing.
As for the Packers’ options on Favre, they are limited between cutting ties with him (not likely), dealing him to another team (also unlikely), or putting him on the team’s 2008 roster (a logistical nightmare). So in a nutshell, Favre has put the Packers in a quandary from which there is no easy solution – all motivated by, I would argue, pure selfishness.
There are few things more pathetic in life than an athlete who doesn’t know when to hang it up gracefully. Truthfully, Brett Favre did so this spring when he retired from a stellar career in the NFL.
So why the hell is Favre fucking that all up now? Not only for himself, but for his former teammates and coaches - not to mention Packer fans themselves.