Favre is the real victim in this whole saga

Since Packers GM Ted Thompson (center) made Aaron Rodgers the starter in 2008, Brett Favre was left with little option in Green Bay. (Associated Press)

After Packers general manager Ted Thompson (center) made Aaron Rodgers (right) the starting QB in 2008, Brett Favre was left with no option but to leave Green Bay. (Associated Press)

Brett Favre would still be a Packer if the front office didn’t push him out the door.

Did Packers general manager Ted Thompson force Favre to retire? No. But he made it clear enough to Favre that he wanted to get his guy, Aaron Rodgers, who had waited three seasons for the job since he was a first-round pick in 2005, into the lineup. So what was Favre to do? The fire was still in his belly, but the clock was working against him.

If Favre is guilty of anything, it’s having pride. His pride told him that he didn’t want to stay where he wasn’t wanted. It was 49ers coach Mike Singletary who said it best a few weeks ago: “Players want to feel wanted.” Favre felt Thompson wanted him gone.

I don’t understand why it’s a big deal that Favre wants to play football again. He should be allowed to play as long as someone is willing to sign him. The way I see it, Favre has done nothing wrong. He still has it. Look at last season — he played fantastic until he hurt his arm late in the season.

Look, I understand if you don’t want Favre on your team, but it’s hypocritical to say he should stop playing because you think it’s time for him to stop. What if I were to tell you that you have worked at your job long enough and it’s my opinion that you should look for something else to do? You would tell me where to go.

Favre is entitled to the same liberties as anyone else.

— Jamie Dukes

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