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Brett Favre’s Offseason Spectacle

I must admit, I’m getting sick and tired of Brett Favre’s annual offseason dramatics. I admired him in his years as a Packer but have lost all respect for him since. Apparently, being a star NFL quarterback doesn’t come with a big enough spotlight for his highness. His infantile plea for attention is getting old and aggravating. He just gave an interview with his local newspaper, where he pretended he didn’t know what was running through his own mind and essentially asked his fans to stay tuned to his situation. He also dropped a not-so-subtle hint that he’d like another shot at the New Orleans Saints after the first (the NFC Championship Game) was fumbled away by Adrian Peterson.

Brett, you know exactly how the remainder of your offseason will unfold. First, you will waffle and make the entire Viking organization come down to your Mississippi ranch and wine and dine you and kiss your toes for you to come back. Then, as your teammates are sweating with each other during the dog days of training camp, you’ll be tossing around a football with local high school kids. But of course, why would a legend like you show up to such a lowly event as training camp? Finally, as soon as your teammates have transitioned from work to play – around the second week of August – you will have had a revelation totally out of the blue that you cannot live without football and make your spontaneous return. Please.

I seem to be in the minority when I say I am not amused in the least bit by your circus. You are not above the team, or the coaches. You have 32 more interceptions than games started, so clearly you aren’t the superhero you pretend to be. You are a great quarterback, you still are, but you are not better than your teammates who you are letting down by not showing up to the practice field or the weight room. You are not higher than the entire Packers’ organization, who handled your situation perfectly. You promised to retire, so Green Bay drafted Aaron Rodgers to replace you. Instead, you thought you were entitled to set back the entire team’s youth movement and Rodgers’ career for another few years and nothing would come of it. Well, you still haven’t learned your lesson; you are not more valuable than your 52 teammates, dozens of coaches and talent evaluators. Stop pining for attention and acting like you are so much more important than your fellow players. Now, follow your father’s advice when it isn’t so convenient; suck it up and get out on the field.


June 26, 2010 Posted by | Opinion | Leave a comment