Brett Favre is the retired/unretired/benedict arnold of the football world.
Just The Facts
- Everyone from John Madden to ESPN is obsessed with anything Brett Favre.
- Brett Favre has no idea what the definition of the word "retirement" means.
- Brett Favre crys... alot... too much for a quarterback.
- Brett Favre is a dick.
The Green Bay Era
When Brett Favre started his employment as the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, everyone in the state of Wisconsin completely lost their shit. So did everyone in the NFC North; the division the Packers compete in. To the rival Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears, he was the worst thing to possibly happen. Packer fans, however, thought of the man as the second coming of Jesus. Children were named after him, men worshiped the ground he walked on, and sport reporters were lining up to literally lick his testicles. In 1996 he brought the Super Bowl back to Green Bay and almost did it again the next year. If the man ran for governor of Wisconsin even his opponent would have voted for him. In his ridiculously long 17 year career, he single-handedly won the division seven times, won three AP MPV awards, has streets named after him, and became owner of several impressive records. (Including most interceptions.)
When he retired in 2008, Packer fans watched their hero and savior bawl his eyes out and the entire fan base went into mourning for a month.
Then this happened.
The Jets??? Really?
According to Wikipedia, this is what happened.
1. On July 11, 2008, Favre sent a letter to the Packers asking for his unconditional release to allow him to play for another NFL team. (Vikings)
2.Ted Tompson gave Farve a *coughfuckingnowaycough*
3. Shipped his ass to New York for a season.
Green Bay stuck with their new, younger, less interception-prone quarterback in Aaron Rodgers and went on to a uninteresting 6-10 season. The Jets on the other hand had their division seemingly wrapped up.
Then Brett Farve sank the ship.
The guy threw 2 touchdowns in five games. With 8 interceptions. The Jets didn't even make the playoffs. But rather than do the admirable, honest thing and accepting full responsibility for shoddy performance, he let ESPN bail him out and spend 3/4ths of Sportcenter discussing his bicep. Then Favre, realizing that he was passed his prime and had his time in the spotlight, gracefully stepped down and re-retired, letting the younger talent in the NFL have their day in the sun.
Yeah, that didn't happen.
The Geezer is coming back.
And he's playing for the Vikings.