As the days tick down to Brett Favre’s return to the Packers as part of his enshrinement into the Packers Hall of Fame, I have been reminded about the anger that some have against the former quarterback.
No one will ever forget the summer of 2008, and the drama that hung like a cloud over Green Bay during that odd period of time. It was the best soap opera that ESPN could buy, and EVERYONE paid attention.
Likewise, no one will ever forget the 2009-2010 seasons. While Aaron Rodgers was establishing himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the league, Favre had taken his talents to the rival Minnesota Vikings. Take the drama of the summer of 2008, multiply it by infinity, and that’s what the four games between these two teams became. While the Vikings came *this close* to going to the Super Bowl with Favre under center, the Packers did go to the Super Bowl in 2010-and won-with Rodgers under center.
So here we are, five years removed from Favre’s last game in the NFL. Favre has admitted fault in his departure from the Packers. Aaron Rodgers and Favre have shaken hands and moved on from any issues they had. All of the talking heads in the Packers organization have voiced their support in welcoming Favre back into the family. Let bygones be bygones, time to move on, right?
Right. Except for a select few who continue to hate Favre with all of their energy because of his unceremonious exit from the Packers.
Well, I have a message for everyone who feels this way.
Get over it.
Favre hasn’t played in five years. His days of wearing purple and white uniforms for the Vikings are a thing of the past. He can’t hurt you anymore. He can’t beat you anymore. Yet there are some who just cannot get over this. It is shockingly disturbing.
My advice for those who harbor this resentment toward Favre all these years later is to find something good in your lives to pour your energy into. Hanging to hate from the past is not healthy. It’s actually kind of scary.
Football is supposed to help take the stress away from the day-to-day grind. An escape. Solace from all that we worry about for a few hours on Sundays. So why hang onto hate? Why? What do you possibly gain from that kind of action? To show the world that you are still pissed at a football player? Because he played for a rival team?
Get over it.
John Rehor is a writer at PackersTalk.com.
He can also be heard as one of the Co-Hosts of Cheesehead Radio. ---------------------
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