One day after sending a one-word text saying “NO” he wouldn’t return to play football, Brett Favre does a 180 and decides to meet with the Minnesota Vikings about becoming their starting quarterback.
It’s time we stop taking Favre at his word. It has become clear that beneath that easygoing, aw-shucks country veneer, lays a shrewd businessman whose cunning is as keen as his laser-lock passes.
Like so many fourth-quarter comebacks, Favre has once again defied the odds by securing his free agency and coming one step closer to getting his ultimate wish: REVENGE!
No longer wanting to play for a team and a town that loved him dearly, Favre clearly calculated and carved his way out of Green Bay. He no longer wanted to play for a general manager, Ted Thompson, who wouldn’t acquiesce to his many demands, ranging from coaching hires to player acquisitions. And now, a year after toying with the New York Jets and costing Eric Mangini his job, Favre has shown he will let nothing stop him from getting his biggest win yet.
Favre is motivated by his enmity for the Packers and their corporate leadership. Driven to have the last word, Favre is willing to play for the Packers’ hated rival and wear the enemy’s colors.
I believe the aging warrior still has some magic left in that weathered old body. But as summer turns to fall, and fall gives way to a bitter winter cold, Favre’s hatred will cool the same, and so will his passes. It ended badly in 2007 with two INTs versus the New York Giants in the NFC title game. It ended even worse a year later with three INTs in the Jets’ 2008 season finale versus the Miami Dolphins.
He once played for the love of the game, and we loved him for the way he played, which was magical. He now plays for something more sinister and unnatural, which leaves us scratching our heads and asking, “Brett, what are you doing?”
— Solomon Wilcots