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Favre the Betrayer

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When QB Brett Favre held his first press conference as a member of the Minnesota Vikings, the question came up regarding his legacy. "When people start talking about my legacy - it's mine," said Favre.

What doesn't show up on any transcript is how his voice sharpened during the response. How he got a little defensive. My first thought was that he was being selfish, and he was trying to keep his legacy all for himself when the fans, his Packer fans, should be able to take some pleasure in his legacy too.

He seems to be someone who has to think, and rethink, things endlessly as he struggles to make up his mind. His legacy has to be something that he's thought an awful lot about. It's something a lot of Packer fans are thinking about too. I've read a lot of comments from fans who feel this has done nothing to tarnish his legacy: he was a great player who led the Packers to two Super Bowls, won three MVPs, and he's free to do whatever he wants.

I've read a lot of comments from other fans, and I'm including myself in this group, that think this is a betrayal. He retired in March 2008 and only came back to the team when it suited him. At some point, the Packers organization had to stop waiting on him and move on with their lives.

His actions proved he wasn't 100% committed to the Green Bay Packers. And he added to the betrayal by signing with the one team, the Minnesota Vikings, that he knew the Packers organization did not want him to sign with. He has said that this is not about revenge, and he might truly believe it, but that is not what his actions say. I'll always remember the great things he did as a Packer, and I'll always stick up for all the dumb interceptions because he was just trying to win them another game. But his legacy will always be tarnished by his actions at the end of his career.

By Brandon Benson  |  August 19, 2009; 1:04 PM ET  | Category:  Brett Favre , Green Bay Packers , Minnesota Vikings , NFL , Quarterbacks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I was at Lambeau for the first pre-season game last Saturday. Many in the stands wore, with pride, their green and gold "4" jerseys. There seemed to be a collective sense of peace with the closure suggested by Favre's brief re-retirement and that his legacy as "their" beloved Packer would remain intact. That all changed yesterday; it is sad that Brett would have no clear sense of Green Bay as a highly significant part of his legacy.

Posted by: WI-Simone | August 19, 2009 2:57 PM

I think you missed the meaning of Favre's response to the question about his legacy. He was making the point that it was, indeed, his legacy to worry about, and he would take the hit if necessary. Also, as he said later, if people don't like what he is doing, they don't have to watch. Like most football fans, I'll watch. I suspect you will too.

Posted by: fglamser | August 19, 2009 3:03 PM

Much ado about nothing. Who remembers Joe Namath and the Rams, Joe Montana and the Chiefs, OJ and the 49ers?

I'm a lifelong Packer Backer and have always loved and will always love #4 for the way he plays/ed the game.

As for going to the Vikings, I believe Favre established some sort of relationship with Childress when he was coaching at Wisconsin. This has nothing to do with revenge.

What tickles me is how monumentally clueless the Vikings organization is. Tavaris Jackson was starting to look pretty good by the end of last season and now they'll have to start from scratch. Every year, Queens fans mouth off about how good they look on paper, forgetting that you actually have to play the games. They start fast, start to believe their own hype, and figure all they have to do to win is show up. Master's of the late season fade, choke, etc. Their long term record (at least since they moved indoors) speaks for itself.

By the way, if there is one glaring blot on Brett's resume, it is his record indoors. That, and he hasn't compensated for declining physical skills by getting any smarter. He's still deadly accurate to about 20 yards; beyond that is a crapshoot. He'll still try to jam it 40 yards downfield into double coverage where anything but a perfect pass will get picked and he's rarely perfect beyond 20.

I love the man, but at this point in time, Aaron Rodgers is a much better quarterback.

Posted by: JoeBewildered | August 19, 2009 6:46 PM

Why, Why, Why do any of you feel that you have the right to tell Favre what he should do with his life? It is HIS life...his JOB, his career, his legacy, HIS! I am a die hard Packer fan and not once did I feel betrayed or let down by Favre. We DO NOT know what went on behind closed doors...to speculate and judge Favre is unfair.

We aren't the ones being knocked around by 300 lb men...Favre isn't asking us to pay his bills...the man just wants to play FOOTBALL....he just wants to go to work!

With Favre playing in this league, he just added more excitement and thrill...how can you deny that???

Can we just move on and enjoy the next several months of football???

Posted by: annamwalking | August 19, 2009 10:59 PM

Oh and I would like to add...how could Favre betray the fans, when the Packers wanted him gone?? They wanted him to leave...showed him the door...how is that Favre betraying US??

You have a screw loose, if you feel he betrayed the Packers...he wanted to stay, they denied him access...get REAL!

Posted by: annamwalking | August 19, 2009 11:03 PM

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