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.
August 19, 2009; 1:04 PM ET
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