The Arrow Flies…
Allow me to remind you of a time…it seems so long ago now because the arrow of time always flies and never lands. A time when football team was resurrected from the mire of years of mediocrity. A time when one kid stepped on the field and stayed there for what seemed like forever…One kid got dumped by the Falcons and picked up by the Packers and…in the words of Robert Frost “that [has] made all the difference” Remember when Brett Favre was the most exciting player in football? When his boyish enthusiasm captivated the world? Remember when we forgave him for his addiction to pain killers because we loved the way he played the game and we loved having a great quarterback who gave his team a chance in ANY circumstance? That is the Brett Favre I choose to remember. I know he threw a lot of INT’s but he also threw more TD’s than anyone in the history of the league to date. Brett Favre has said that a reunion with the Packers “is going to happen”. And it seems likely that this reunion will take place this coming season. Further, Brett told Sirius XM radio that his relationship with current Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is good. For some Packers fans though, it is gonna be hard to forgive Brett for the way he exited Green Bay. Here are three reasons I am glad time is bringing Brett Favre back to Lambeau:
Time has passed and retirement has finally “taken”
As mentioned above, a lot of time has passed since Brett Favre was traded to the Jets and then went to the Vikings. If time heals all wounds…the deal with the Vikings, though it may leave a scar, has healed as well. I hated it when Brett went to the Vikings too but I also am one who believed that Brett was traded when he still had a lot of football left in him. This proved to be true. As time has passed, I think it is coming into sharp focus that no matter what Brett did to salvage the last bits of his career, his true career…and the source of his legacy, is and always will be his time with the Packers. If Brett and Aaron and the Packers organization think enough time has passed…packernation should too. The greatness of a Packers player is not nullified by what he did late in his career after being traded.
In all disputes, both parties are to some extent at fault. “It takes two to tango”
Packernation’s feelings about Brett Favre usually dictate who they think is at fault in the divorce that took place shortly after Aaron Rodgers was drafted. If you still like Brett, you argue that he was traded by Ted Thompson, if you thought Brett was acting like a prima donna and/or spoiled brat, you say that Ted was virtually forced into the trade because there was no other way to deal with a quarterback who thought he should be influencing personnel decisions. Hey, let’s be honest…new coach, new GM, young first-round quarterback meets fan favorite, Super Bowl champion, multiple MVP but aging quarterback who has been the face of a franchise for over ten years. This is a recipe for conflict, we shouldn’t be surprised that it happened. But as with all such disputes, each party had its part to play.
This will be an exciting year for Packers fans and there are a LOT of expectation…a visit from Brett Favre would be a great addition to the celebration.
There is another GREAT season of Packer football right around the corner! The excitement is already building and it will be a fever pitch by gametime. A reinvigorated Super Bowl MVP quarterback, a re-tooled defense with a great combo of new talent and wise veterans, and one planet-sized chip on the Packers shoulders and this season could be EPIC! Add to that the return of a Lambeau legend and one of the best to EVER play the game, forgiven and embraced the only team he ever really loved and an epic season becomes…er…well…more epic-er! So Packernation, let’s bury the hatchet and get ready for a prodigal son to return home…forever! Brett is a Packer and will always be remembered as one. Right now the only people who remember ANY other team that Brett Favre EVER played for are Packers fans because we are the ones that had to deal with watching him play for another team. But now is the time to forgive and forget!