The "Arrogance" Of Brett Favre?
So, it appears that retirement may not be 'taking' on Brett Favre, America's favorite QB. I'm a Favre fan, but the media treatment of him has always been weird, coddling and forgiving where the same actions by others gets labelled differently.
(There's probably a Brett Favre - John McCain analysis I could do here if I wanted, but I don't.)
And now, Favre appears to be putting his team, the Green Bay Packers, in quite a conundrum, says SI's Peter King:
I fully expect Favre's agent to send a letter to the Packers within the next 10 days, stating that Favre, 38, wants to be taken off the National Football League's reserve/retired list. At that point, the team will have no choice but to re-admit the league's most accomplished statistical quarterback ever back to football, and general manager Ted Thompson and McCarthy will have a decision to make that you can be sure is keeping them up nights. They can take Favre and his $12.8-million cap number back onto the team and give him his starting job back, they can trade him or they can release him.
Every one of those options makes the Packers wretch.
King goes on to state that the best fit for Favre is in Minnesota, and asks the question,
"Imagine Favre in purple. It's an absolutely vomitous scenario for the Packers, imagining Favre playing for their arch-rivals -- and imagining Favre charging out of the tunnel at Lambeau Field for the opening game of the 2008 season. Lambeau Field, Monday Night Football, the night Favre was supposed to have his number retired for the Packers."
If this comes to pass, and Favre causes either Aaron Rodgers yet another year sitting on the bench and the franchise waiting another year to rebuild...or, he goes to a competitor and in doing so makes the Packers franchise look bad (no matter what they do), will Favre get the "selfish" label? Every other major athlete in this position has...but I'm not counting on it.