Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Favre's Viking Comeback?

Brett Favre as a Minnesota Viking? My die-hard Packer-backer grandfather is turning over in his grave at that news. 
Plastered across the sports pages of today’s Minneapolis and St. Paul newspapers are the accounts voiced on HBO last night by former Green Bay Packer quarterback Brett Favre on his offer for a second comeback as quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. According to Favre, all of this is dependent on the outcome of his recent surgery on his right arm to mend a partially torn tendon.
I am a HUGE Green Bay Packer fan and even I can understand why he is considering an offer with the Vikings. Last summer the Packer management team truly mishandled Favre’s decision to come out of retirement and rejoin the Packer line-up as quarterback. Their refusal to let Favre back on the roster resulted in Favre’s one-year contract as QB for the New York Jets. Now Favre has an opportunity to really stick it to the Packers.
This season I will have a difficult time watching him running around with his number 4 on his back but wearing the Viking’s purple and gold instead of the Packer’s green and gold. In fact, I may not even watch those Vikings vs. Packers games with Favre as the Vikings QB as it just seems wrong. 
On the other hand, I also think if Brett Favre is healthy enough to still be a professional football quarterback at the ripe old age of 39, more power to him. The Packers had their chance to keep Favre around and decided to let him slip away. It is their loss and Brett’s gain--both in his bank account and for his own personal pride.

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