Cry me a river Brett

Cry me a river Brett

Do the recent rumors that Brett Favre may come out of “retirement”
surprise anyone? Don’t you feel like you’ve watched him “retire” after
each of the past three seasons?
Following the final game of the 2005 regular season, visiting Seattle
coach Mike Holmgren and Favre’s teammates showered him with
retirement-type praise; after the Packers’ New Year’s Eve
season-finale against Chicago in 2006, Favre shed a river of
man-tears, professing his love for his teammates; and finally, a little
more than a month after his interception in the 2008 NFC
Championship game cost the Packers a chance at a Super Bowl
appearance, he held a sob-fest of a press conference “officially”
announcing his retirement.
Following his recent trend of keeping the Packers in quarterback
limbo as they approach training camp, it appears Favre may be
reneging on his recent retirement claims.
For the third straight offseason the man who once called out
teammate Javon Walker for threatening to skip training camp over a
contract dispute is once again holding Green Bay hostage.
Was his “retirement” speech just a ploy to skip out of training camp,
or does he truly enjoy messing with the franchise?
Favre is calling these recent reports “rumor,” but then how do you
explain his mother and brother — who said there’s a 50/50 chance
Farve returns to the NFL — running their yaps to the media about the
ordeal?
His mother recently said her son didn’t feel like the franchise wanted
him back the last couple of years. Funny, because the franchise
gave him over $20 million during that time and made him the starter
despite the prolonged wavering on his decision to return.
It’s time for the Packers to officially close the book on the Favre Era.
Sure, the team caught lightning in a bottle last year and stormed all
the way to the NFC Championship game in a weak conference, but
keep in mind Favre has tossed 62 interceptions over the past three
seasons and will turn 39 in October. His best days are far behind
him.
Favre will not lead the franchise back to the promised land in 2008
and former first-round pick Aaron Rodgers has waited long enough
for his turn at the helm as he enters his fourth NFL season.
Assuming Favre’s emotional retirement speech was sincere, the
Packers invested two draft picks in quarterbacks — Louisville’s
Brian Brohm (second round) and LSU’s Matt Flynn (seventh round)
— and the franchise can ill-afford to put another wrench in their
“Post-Favre” planning.
If Favre decides to be stubborn and asks to be taken off the
reserve/retired list, that would be even better for the Packers. Two
words — trade him. There are enough teams with quarterback
issues that someone would bite, and maybe even for a third or
fourth-round pick. Additionally, acquiring Favre would be tempting for
teams looking to put people in the seats. Some Packers fans may
revolt at first but it’s Green Bay, they’ll come back — what else are
they going to do?
Favre is one of the best quarterbacks of all time and helped the
Packers win their first Super Bowl since the 1960s. He should be
remembered for those things, not the mess he’s about to cause.
Turn the page, Green Bay.
— Todd Taylor is a sportswriter for the Hendricks County Flyer and
can be reached at 272-5800 ext. 155 or via e-mail at
todd.taylor@flyergroup.com.

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