Could Favre’s reputation be tarnished? Harris says no

As Brett Favre Watch 2009 continues to churn, there’s no shortage of opinion on any of the storylines involving the NFL’s all-time leading passer. Beyond the question of whether Favre is really making a return — which, incidentally, all signs clearly point to since he underwent surgery in late May — plenty is still left on the table.

One topic that deeply resonates with Packers fans is whether Favre would tarnish his image by choosing to return — again — but this time with the NFC North rival Vikings.

As userĀ packfandd commented after a recent blog post on Vikings coach Brad Childress evading questions about Favre, “If favre comes back, then he would completely destroy any legacy in GB.”

Other fans also have a lot to say on Favre and his reputation. Here’s a very small sample of their feedback:

ginnyesd: “I can’t understand why a person who once was great wants to go out and deface himself as the great person he was and make a spectacle of himself cause it is ruining his reputation. Admit it Favre you are too old and are all washed up!”

steve1581: “At this point how can you argue for Favre? Sure he had a great career and deserves the option to comeback whenever. Heck (Vinny) Testaverde played until he was 45. But the way he handled GB and NY…. and the fact that he is entertaining a comeback with GBs biggest rival speaks volumes about his character.”

nedyah2701: “He just wants to play, right? Horse feathers! He could play for a dozen other teams that have offenses similar to what he knows. But he wants the vikes so he can try to hurt the Pack. He’s just too ignorant to realize that the only thing he’s hurting is his rep. It’s going right down the toilet.”

Well, fans, one person who disagrees with you is Al Harris. The Packers’ veteran cornerback, who played with Favre from 2003 to 2007, told The SIRIUS Blitz show Thursday that he doesn’t believe the quarterback’s image would be tarnished by his un-retirement.

“If you’re a true Green Bay Packers fan, you’ll always love Brett Favre, wherever he plays,” Harris said. “You don’t love him as a Packer or as a Viking or as a Bear or with the Chiefs. Know what I mean? The guy can flat-out play football. He was here 17, 18 years and never missed a game. That can’t be tarnished.”

So, fans, what do you have to say? Would Favre permanently tarnish his reputation by un-retiring and playing for the Vikings?

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