Many people remember the interview that a then Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Brett Favre gave to NBC’s Andrea Kremer following a Sunday night football game between the Packers and the Chicago Bears.
All we have found out, is that those were big crocodile tears. And the saga of whether or not Favre is returning for another season to his illustrious NFL career starts all over again.
Closing in on the start of training camp, everyone awaits the decision, which probably deserves a two hour special from ESPN, of whether or not Favre will return and honor his contract with the Minnesota Vikings.
I am tired of this saga that occurs every single year during the summer months. Is Brett Favre finally going to retire? Will he return? Will he hold a team hostage all through the summer?
The answer the last few years has been yes to all those questions.
I began to really despise Favre back when he was with the Packers. He repeatedly would force Green Bay to wait on his decision of if he was coming back, which at times hurt the team in trying to move along a draft players they needed.
At the end of the 2006 season, with the emotional interview on NBC, it seemed like Favre would go out with style. He announced his retirement, and the Packers were ready to move on with Aaron Rodgers as their quarterback. They decided to go with Favre one more time in the 2007 season, but they had enough.
Just think about all the back-up quarterbacks that went through Green Bay as the quarterback of the future and the heir apparent to Favre. One of those was Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
So then as the 2008 season was approaching, Favre riding his tractor down at his home, suddenly decided that he wanted to come back and with the Packers.
But the Packers made the right choice, and stuck by their quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers was the biggest person through all of this, repeatedly stating that he would do whatever was the best for the team.
After many days over who was indeed the Packers’ quarterback, the team allowed Favre to seek a trade, and found him a home with the New York Jets.
So Favre played the 2008 season with the Jets, getting off to a great start, but stumbling down the stretch. And then the saga started all over again. Favre was now unleashing his indecision problem on the Jets.
The Jets placed him on the reserve/retired list. This time now, after training camp had already started, the Jets having drafted Mark Sanchez, Favre was ready to come back.
But this time, Favre wanted to come back to the Minnesota Vikings, something he always wanted. After he felt the Packers did him wrong, he wanted to get them back.
A release was worked out and Favre was signed to a two-year contract. He led the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game, where they were beaten in overtime by the eventual Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.
So now once again, as training camp is getting geared up, speculation surrounds whether or not Favre will once again make his return, stealing the spotlight from players that deserve it.
Like the whole LeBron James decision, Favre has an entire television network in ESPN that is willing to follow his every move until he makes his decision.
Vikings Coach Brad Childress has spent the last few days talking to Favre in Mississippi, trying to gauge his interest in returning, after undergoing offseason ankle surgery.
Favre is doing exactly what he has done for at least the last five offseasons — keeping his team held in a tight ball, making teams believe they will be useless without him. The Packers finally did not bite at that.
Favre has learned how to play the system. He doesn’t believe he needs training camp anymore and knows that teams, for his arm, are willing to give into his needs.
So as Favre will undoubtedly return once again, we are reminded once again that Favre is a hall of fame player, but maybe not a hall of fame person (This comment is not referring to his off the field life in terms of charity work and being a family man, it purely applies to his dealings with football and deciding if he is returning.)
(Update August 3rd, 2010) According to the Associated Press, Brett Favre is retiring.
Once again, making it all about himself, if this is indeed true, Favre has screwed another team into the ground.
By waiting this late, the Vikings are now in a bad position, intending that Favre would return and high hopes for a Super Bowl run, will now be forced to decide between Sage Rosenfels and Tavaris Jackson to take the team back to the playoffs.