FOUR MONTHS AGO, Brett Favre announced his retirement from Pro Football and the Green Bay Packers at a tearful press conference.
At the time, there was no reason to doubt the sincerity of one of the game’s all-time great quarterbacks and a true warrior of the sport.
Now, it seems, they might have been crocodile tears. Favre has reversed his decision to retire and wants to play at least one more season, for or against the team he represented for 16 seasons.
One of the most decisive players you could ever wish to watch, Favre’s indecision off the field has put the Packers in a difficult position, to say the least.
They insist they wanted Favre back. But when the man who led the Packers to the Super Bowl title in 1996 declined their overtures, they understandably had to move on.
Now committed to starting the season with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, it appears there is no room for Favre. However, they don’t want to release him either and why should they?
Green Bay Packers in "no-win" situation
It was 38-year-old Favre who decided to call time on his career. Now the Packers find themselves in a no-win situation.
If they relent and let Favre return, they risk damaging the long-term future of the franchise, not to mention Rodgers’ development.
If they release Favre, then see him have a successful season playing for another team, they are sure to displease the Cheeseheads for letting a legend go.
Packers' fans are split right down the middle on the issue. According to a poll on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s web site, 47.2 percent want him to play next season and 46.5 percent want him to stay retired. Just 6.3 percent would be happy to see him playing for another team.
Ted Thompson, Green Bay’s general manager, called the situation “gut-wrenching.” “We understand where the fans are coming from. This is a hot-button issue that surpasses anything I’ve ever gone through.”
Favre, of course, should have thought of all this before playing on the public’s emotions.
He’s acting like a spoiled child who wants to have his cake and eat it. And he’s in grave danger of tarnishing his saintly image within the sport.
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