I have tried to be as faithful as I can ever be, when it comes to my Packerfandom. Seriously!
But, there comes a time when I finally have to step back and say "hey, wait a minute" ala Bill Cosby.
I've heard all of these different takes on what caused Brett Favre to step out of the limelight and finally hang up his cleats. And, from this intensely loyal Packer Acolyte ... I couldn't have been more proud as to when he finally decided to do so. In fact, I mentioned at the beginning of the 2007 season, that the one thing I did NOT want was for Brett to finally be in another Super Bowl, only to see himself be on the losing team. He didn't deserve that, and neither did the Green Bay Packers.
We've already heard a lot of discussions about what happened in Super Bowl 32 ... and let's leave that lay.
My point in all of this is how so many have these UNwarranted opinions that are just taking up space and beginning to sound a lot like politicians running for office. It's all glorious and somewhat know-it-all .... yet it goes nowhere and accomplishes absolutely nothing. Much like this CHANGE mantra we're hearing from everyone running for President right now - it all sounds almost exactly the same.
Brett Favre "deserves" the chance (finally) to have some quiet time with his family. More importantly, he deserves that un-intruded time with Deanna, his wife. No one on God's green earth has given as much as she has in the last 10-15 years when it comes to being a part of Brett Favre and what it means to be involved in his life and a part of the Green Bay Packers.
Certainly, they have been given rewards that many of us would love to have. But, how many of us could handle the public intrusion as well as the Family Favre has done over the years? I'm not sure I could have handled it - not with the self-anointed that some of the press have given themselves, at times. (No offense, Todd)
Can you imagine having people follow you around, like stalkers, no matter where you go? Can you? Try it sometime.
I've seen historical video about Elvis Presley being forced to go to the Mall, only after midnight because the fans wouldn't give him the courtesy of a little space. Think on that and ... be sad. Is this what we will do to Brett Favre? Is it?
Lord, I hope not. He damn well deserves a great deal better. And, then some!
The man said he had nothing left to give based on how (for him) the game was no longer F-U-N, and that it had become a job ... a real job. ALL OF US can understand what he meant. You're an idiot to say otherwise. You should go buy yourself a hat that says: ID-10-T on it, if you don't.
I do not want to see Brett Favre anywhere near Lambeau Field in 2008 - I really don't.
I could not care less if the Packers retire his number immediately. In fact, I take it to heart that Brett's not coming back, ever, so much so, that I think the Packers are jumping the gun over this retiring of his number.
I think they should wait until the NFL Football Hall of Fame is ready to receive him, in five years. Then, let Green Bay retire his number at the same time. THAT would have the greatest meaning to me. THAT would make the whole sports world sit up and take notice all over again.
Why make the two events be separate? There's no spock logic to it at all.
My attitude, I think, is a fair assessment of the whole situation. Brett was gracious enough to hang in there when 2006 was really when he should have stepped back out of the way. League-leading stats be damned.
Brett Favre did what all great Sports people should do ... he went out on top. I don't see him staining that by pulling a Michael Jordan, or even (God help me) a Reggie White. Will Brett make a liar out of me? In any other situation, I would say: I don't know? This time around .... uh-uh.. Never gonna happen! He's too good of a man, to pull such a stunt.
I'm damn proud to live in the time of Brett Favre .... I really am. Now I know what the old-timers were saying when they brought up what it was like when Bart Starr walked away. Now, I can empathize. It will be quite some time before someone with that much heart comes along with so much honesty in public to grace their careers with, as Brett did. THAT's why no one will ever forget him. He's earned the moniker - L * E * G * E * N * D.
The rest of us would do well to live up to the standard that he has set. And, to take it another step farther? ALL OF US would do well to see if we could keep up with the approach to Life that both Brett & Deanna Favre have set.
Try it sometime.
My name is TONY. I am IPBprez. I am a Packers acolyte and this is how I think the rest of us, the Packer Nation, should deal with 'our' history. Let's all lead by example and make the rest of the NFL football world .... envious!
Tony LaRussa, email@example.com, Indianapolis, IN
Trades with Patriots, Cowboys would help Packers
OK, here goes the crazy uncle in the attic again. I was literally doing a Snoopy dance when I saw the Packers trade Williams and get a beloved second round draft choice for him. I wrote letters, emails, posted comments on every forum I could find saying do not let him get away without getting value for him.
So here goes again. I would offer the following package to the New England Patriots for their first round draft choice. They need a third receiver and I would offer Koren Robinson, a former first round choice who can also return kickoffs. I would offer Brady Poppinga, who could be a force playing the inside on a 3-4. He is a Patriots type of player for sure and they need youth in that position, youth with experience. I would trade our first round choice and a fifth round choice.
Then I would call Jerry Jones from the Cowboys and offer him the seventh pick and KGB, plus Brandon Jackson, for their two first round choices. Jackson behind that huge line could be a runner in the NFL.
This would give the Packers five out of the first 60 choices in what everyone recognizes is a very deep draft. They can get two excellent CBs to groom to replace Harris and Woodson in 2009 in the first round. They can get a tight end to back up Donald Lee and a DE in the second. In the third round go for an OL.
They get younger, they get faster, they can become a force on defense for many years to come. The signing of Brandon Chillar makes Poppinga expendable. Also I would experiment with Aaron Rouse playing SLB in the preseason.
More pearls of wisdom from your crazy uncle.
John F. King, firstname.lastname@example.org, Roanoke, VA
Another ‘Perfect Storm' comes to an end
Titletown's first perfect storm occurred with the convergence of a team (Packers), a place (Green Bay), a time (1959-1967) and a man (Vince Lombardi). This became known as "The Lombardi Era."
Titletown's second perfect storm occurred with the convergence of a team (Packers,) a place (Green Bay,) a time (1992-2007) and a man (Brett Favre). This will undoubtedly become known as "The Brett Favre Era."
The Lombardi Era was my father's era. I became a full-time Packers fan on September 15, 1968. What followed for the next 24 years was mostly bad football. I remember friends changing allegiance to a winning team. I was not gifted with the "flip flop" gene. However, I definitely was blessed with the "Packers fan" gene. I would discover much later that I also had the "Brett Favre fan" gene. This gene would remain dormant until September 20, 1992, when Brett Favre hit Kitrick Taylor for the game-winning touchdown against the Bengals.
I know it sounds trite, but there is something very special about being a fan of a team from the smallest community in all of American pro sports. There has also been an extraordinary connection between this community and its quarterback of 16 years, Brett Favre.
With all due respect to John Elway and the Denver Broncos, you're not Brett Favre, and you're not the Packers. With all due respect to Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins, you're not Brett Favre and you're not the Packers. We are not better than you, we're just different.
For one very special night on December 22, 2003, the Oakland Raiders fans had a rare experience of feeling what it's like to be a Packers fan and Brett Favre fan. This happened on the night following the death of Brett's father, where Brett gave one of his most stunning performances.
The days since Brett's retirement announcement have been difficult for most Packers fans and Brett Favre fans. As a Packers fan who has spent thousands on Packers and Brett Favre memorabilia over the past 16 years, I can't explain why it was so difficult to take out $1.75 to buy the "FAVRE RETIRES" special edition newspaper. I also can't explain why the eyes of a 49-year old man well up whenever one of the tributes to Brett is on TV.
We have been very fortunate to have been in this place, with this team, at this time, with this man. I'm sorry for those of you that just don't get it. It is really your loss. This has been an incredible ride. I hope the next generation of Packers fans will not have to endure another 24 years before Titletown experiences its third perfect storm.
I want to thank Brett for 16 years of thrills and wish Brett, Deanna, and the family all the happiness they deserve.
Al Schmitz, AlSchmitz@sbcglobal.net, Green Bay, WI
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