Well Brett Favre announced on his official website that he will be returning to the Packers in 2015 for induction into the Packers Hall of Fame and to have his jersey retired. By all counts this appears to be the will of Packernation finally coming to fruition. I addition to thousands of e-signatures on the petition, thousands of others in Packernation posted, shared, and commented that they wanted Brett back. Well Packernation, you asked for it and you GOT IT!
Of course, the official press conference is not until 1:30 CST and you can see it here, so we can’t be certain of the official details but the day has finally come when we will know that Brett Favre, for all his late-career prodigal wanderings, is coming home.
While I understand why some Packers fans still hate Brett (I was pretty mad myself when it happened and for a long time afterward) I think the opinion of Packernation comes down to a couple basic facts:
Brett’s time with other teams pales in comparison to his time with the Packers
Sure, Brett played for four different teams, but he spent 16 seasons with the Packers. Those years are the ones that defined his career. Nobody hates Brett for getting drafted by Atlanta for obvious reasons, in fact how many of us have joked on Jerry Glanville for letting Brett Favre go to the Packers. When Brett was traded to the Jets, many people blamed Ted Thompson (how many of us were unsure that Ted was the guy for the Packers back then?). But it all went to heck in a hand-basket when Brett appeared to broker the deal that brought him to the team that Packers fans have less respect for than any other team…the Vikings.
Hey listen…I hated seeing him go to the Vikings as much as anyone else but are we really gonna let some other team claim one of the greatest players to ever play the game, I guy who put the Packers on the map even as the Packers put him on the map…over TWO seasons?
The sad part is, by the time Brett Favre is inducted into the Packers HOF and has his jersey retired, his touchdown record will likely have been eclipsed by Peyton Manning.
If there is no longer any bad blood between Brett and the organization, Packernation should forgive as well
The Packers organization has been talking about how they want to do this for awhile. And Brett has been ready to do it too. There was some talk about Brett being afraid of being booed if he returned to Green Bay but Packernation seems, for the most part, to have been able to move on.
Even Aaron Rodgers has said that Brett’s jersey should be retired and the sentiment has been echoed throughout both camps. So I for one am ready to see it get done. The conflict between the Packers and Brett Favre was a natural thing to happen given the situation: A veteran quarterback nearing retirement and a young, promising rookie who could be the future of the club…on the same team. The definition of conflict is two things trying to occupy the same space at the same time. With Brett and Aaron on the same team, conflict was inevitable and people chose sides from there. But there is no conflict now…none.
The plain and simple fact is that Brett Favre earned these honors with his blood, his sweat, and his tears…period. No one who earned such honors as a Packer should have them withheld because they spent two years with the Vikings. We say of players like Jordy Nelson who deserve contracts…”Pay the man!” Brett Favre has earned these honors…PAY THE MAN!
We cheer the greatest sports organization on the planet
I’m so glad that this is finally getting done! The Packers organization, while a business, is one that really seems to strive to be a friendly, fun setting for the dead serious task of winning championships. I think today’s announcement just proves once again that the Packers are a great organization with great leadership and great players past and present who can come together when it really matters. We are NOT just a football team, we are a NATION. We’re PACKERNATION!
But what do you think? Let me know in the comment section below.