I’m not a sports authority, but as a lifelong Packer fan, I believe I have every right to comment about the current Brett Favre controversy.
Right now, I feel a little betrayed by Brett. I cried with him when he announced his retirement; the thought of this season without him almost made me sick.
Now, I’m a little mad at him. He defends himself in a three-part, exclusive interview with Greta Van Susteren, and I ask what could be so important after Part One to make it necessary to watch the second and third parts.
He says he was lied to, misrepresented, manipulated. I wonder how Brett Favre could ever be “forced” into making a decision in March when he wasn’t ready because he is, after all, Brett Favre.
Then, according to both sides, he changed his mind and the Packers were ready to bring him back. Then he changed his mind again.
I don’t care who is at fault. I’m already tired of it. My husband and I just received our Packer tickets in the mail Wednesday and there is a big photo of Brett on the ticket for the opening game. You know, the game when his jersey is supposed to be retired.
Is that even going to happen now? And do you even care? I’m not sure I do right now, but if things are worked out before then, maybe I’ll feel differently.
All I know is that I spent a lot of money buying every Sports Illustrated with a “retired” Brett on the cover — not for resale value, but to give to my son Chris, my husband Jeff and my son-in-law Andy as keepsakes. We read them cover to cover and savored the last photos of the games he played. The images of a young Brett and the thought of the aging Brett who still played like a kid brought more tears.
You see, we all love Brett Favre — the football player and the man — and what he has meant to the Green Bay Packers.
He said in the Van Susteren interview that the Green Bay Packers shouldn’t worry about “preserving his legacy” because he would do that himself.
I say the legacy he is creating in the past few weeks is not how I want to remember him.