Favre Situation Scarcely Close To Marino's

Many fans are tired of hearing the name Brett Favre, but you know what, I’m not.  The truth is that we are not talking about Michael Vick or some other classless jerk.  We are talking about a QB who owns a ton of NFL records and has exuded class at every turn.  Now, his situation in Green Bay is growing not only ugly, but is beginning to resemble the retirement of Dan Marino.

Because many don’t want to hear about this man, I will do them a favor and ask that if you don’t want to read what I have to say on this latest volley, then stop here.  The rest of you should click continue.

So now the ball is back in the court of Brett Favre after the Packers informed the media that Favre will not be released and is welcome back on the team…as a back-up.  So much class from a publicly owned vehicle…I’m sure the fans will have their say in this one.

It was way back when that Dan Marino faced a similar situation in Miami with new Dolphins HC Dave Wannstedt.  DW brought in his own QB in Jay Fiedler.  Marino who was contemplating retirement was told he could come back to Miami but only as a back-up.  Unlike Favre however, the Dolphins seemed poised to allow Marino to hit the streets.  Marino of course walked off into the sunset and fans were taken aback by the way the icon was treated.

Favre has played the “I may, I may not” game for the last two off-seasons and when his announcement finally came to call it quits, it seemed more of a forced announcement than Favre decision.  No one, media or fans alike, thought that Brett was finished.  Within days rumors began to circulate that he really didn’t want to be retired.

While I too grew tired of the circus that surrounded his yearly announcements, I still have to wonder looking back on how many of those comments were Favre’s alone and how many belonged to the media?

It doesn’t matter if you think that Brett has more left in the tank or whether he just needs to go.  The reality of the issue is simple.  The Green Bay Packers owe more in their modern history of the last 25 years to Brett Favre than any other player.  In Green Bay, he as immortal as Bart Starr and the early Packers.  Yet he is being treated as a second rate practice squad player.

Perhaps Favre should retire, but it is not a decision that any one of us can make, only opinionate on.  Favre will leave the game when he is ready, unfortunately the Packers stand poised to make the decision to return harder if not impossible.  Without so much as a competition to start.

Favre deserves more.  The fans of Green Bay deserve more.  If the Packers don’t want Favre than agree that a release by the team benefits both with the caveat that Favre must sign outside of the division…something Favre would unlikely do as it is.  The other option would be to trade the QB, but the value of Brett Favre to the Packers in terms of compensation may be a sticking point with other franchises, the years of service they may get out of him another.  Much the same way the Dolphins are facing the Jason Taylor situation.

I suppose that it is only appropriate to watch Favre be treated in such a fashion.  Marino knows how that feels and so do Miami fans.  Whether you believed it was time or not, you knew the way it was handled was wrong.  The Packers have an opportunity to make good to a player who poured out his heart and soul to the franchise, playing after personal tragedy and heartbreak.  Yet the Green Bay Packers can only find a classless way to say good-bye.

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  • volsnascar9


    Great article and well said.  I have listened to kids post on forums that players of my age range 35-40 have nothing left and should retire.  My comment, is what do they know about this ball player and how can people make that judgement.  Just because players are young don’t mean they will be great.  When Farve is ready to leave, he will.  This is not something that players can just walk out and do in most cases.  I heard Farve say numerous times that he had to bail this team out and it was wearing him out.  He needs out of Green Bay-IMO.  Miami is not expected to do well from what I am hearing this coming season.  I would like to see Farve as Miami’s QB.  Trade Jason Taylor to Green Bay if Farve would sign a 2 or 3 year deal, not retire, and get Parcels to get the players needed to get this done.  I know to most people this seems far fetched, but to me it doesn’t.  My cousin drives in Nascar, Bill Elliott, and this is his last year period.  I hear people say that Bill needs to get off the track.  IMO, Bill has earned the right to leave when he wants to leave-on his terms, and not just because he is my cousin.  He is driving a car now that is like the MIami Dolphins situation-do what you can to survive and keep the team going.  BTW, he is not a cousin that is way down the list either.  He has been at family functions.

    It is not up to us to decide when Farve leaves the NFL.  It is up to Farve.  If GB wants Rodgers, they can have him.  I like Farve and will pull for him because this is not an easy decision and he is a respectable person and player.  Mike Vick is no Farve.  I realize Farve is making millions to play the game, but I respect this man and how he has handled himself in adverse situations.  He has made mistakes and owned up to them-so have I.  I am glad you wrote this article because this is one player that if he made billions of dollars playing I would not say one word in a negative way.  I hope he will become a MIami Dolphin because of who he is.  He could bring wins and encouragement to this team.

  • http://www.miamidolphins.co.uk Shady

    If he is serious then he’ll come back because he’ll know that the first time that ‘O’ stalls in a game when the Pack are struggling the fans will be all over Rodgers and screaming for Favre to be thrown in.

    The pressure on the team and the disruption it’d cause should be enough to ensure that they trade him away for a 7th just to get rid of him to a team whose starter has gone down for a few weeks, maybe most of the season.

    He gets out and the Pack are forced to trade in order to save their season from decending in to farce.

  • spooneman

    I’m sure everyone by now has heard the report that shortly after his tearful retirement speech in March. The Packers tried to get him back to which he supposedly receptive. They chartered a private jet down to Mississippi and Farve changed his mind again. It really resembles a soap opera. “I have to leave, it’s the right decision.” “Wait I still love you, come back.” “O.K., I love you too. Let’s get back together.” “I’ve thought about it and I can’t come back, I still love you but I just can’t do it anymore.” “Fine, I guess I have to move on.” “Wait, I was wrong, I can’t stand to see you with another person.” “Sorry but I have a new person in my life now.” “If thats your attitude then I want nothing to do with you anymore!” 
    I’m sure you can figure out who’s who in that little example. I really think that Farve is being a prima donna. I get the point he’s done a lot for the club and the NFL. But I disagree that that gives him the right to jerk around the Packers until he feels enough love. Everybody has the right to change their mind and everybody also has the right to move on. While Farve would probably give them the best chance to win now what do the year after that. “OK Arron, we really mean it this time, it your team.” By that point Arron Rodgers would probably be asking for his release because he got dicked around by the Packers so much.
    Sometimes I just wish something would happen that made it impossible for Farve to throw a football anymore (nothing horrible of course). At least then we wouldn’t have to wait every year to see what Brett Farve will do.