Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers had an ugly breakup following his departure from the team following the 2007 season. Management and the Packer’s legend were headed in different directions, and the two sides could not find a way to meet in the middle. The breakup only turned uglier after Favre left the New York Jets to return to the NFC North after only one year away.
Favre acknowledged his role in the messy divorce in a radio interview with WGR 550-AM in Buffalo on Thursday. The old gunslinger accepted blame for what happened, although he made sure to point out that both sides were in some way at fault. The statement he gave was as follows: “It’s over and done with. I was at fault. I feel that both sides had a part in it. If you could go back, would I or them have done things differently? I’m sure both sides would. But you can’t.”
Green Bay Packer’s General Manager Ted Thompson was put in a position where he had to get rid of Brett Favre. The seemingly never ending game Brett played with the team each off season was reminiscent of the ‘Boy who cried wolf” story. Every year he would retire, only to come back just before training camp so that he could give it one more year. This never ending joke played each and every year was one that held the team captive.
With a young talent in Aaron Rodgers heading into the contract year of his rookie contract, and growing sick of sitting on the bench and learning from his mentor Favre, Thompson’s hand was forced. If he gave the starting job he had already announced to belong to Rodgers back to the living legend Favre, odds were good that Rodgers, a first round pick in 2005, would leave the team without ever starting a game in green and gold.
After 16 seasons of starring in Green Bay, Brett Favre thought he had earned the right to make such demands from his team. He had given an incredible amount to the smallest market in professional sports, and established them as perennial contenders.
Favre was not always the most responsible decision maker during his professional playing days, evidenced by the fact that he owns the career record for interceptions thrown with 336. However he has shown that his decision making has improved since he has retired.
Brett Favre was right to take some of the blame for his breakup with the Packers. Whether or not he is doing this simply to ensure that the team retires his number four jersey and adds his name to the circle inside historic Lambeau Field is not the point. Brett Favre has owned up to his mistakes, and the games he played with the team before he left for their bitter rival the Minnesota Vikings.
The Packers’ legend has already reestablished his relationship with the current quarterback Aaron Rodgers according to Favre. When asked about their relationship, Favre stated that “Aaron has said some very nice things. He and I have a good relationship. I had a chance to present an award with him at the Super Bowl and that was for real. It wasn’t for show. And so I think everything will be fine.” This comes as a bit of a surprise to many who thought the two were at odds following the divorce from the team.
Green Bay needs to reestablish its relationship with the legend Brett Favre. Packers President Mark Murphy has acknowledged that it is time for Brett to come “back in the family” and that a jersey retirement is needed in the near future. Not all fans have been able to return to supporting Brett as of yet, but it is proving to be a wound that heals with time.
Brett Favre made the right decision to take some blame for his actions that lead to his breaking up with Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers back in 2007. The next step is for his jersey to be retired, and for him to once again become involved with the Green Bay Community. It would be cool for him to collaborate with the recently retired favorite target of Favre, Donald Driver, in organizing the celebrity softball game that was ran by Brett during his Green Bay playing days.
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