When Brett Favre speaks, people listen.
If E.F. Hutton was still in existence today, they would have been all the wiser to acquire the services of the former Green Bay quarterback to promote their company.
No matter what your feelings are about Favre, when he speaks, it is guaranteed to generate a reaction.
When Favre took to the airwaves earlier this week on NFL Sirius XM Radio, his words were almost immediately transcribed then published across the globe. And as soon as they were read, as is the norm with Favre, everyone had a reaction.
During his interview, Favre verified what Packers President Mark Murphy had stated earlier this year-that the team and their former QB almost had a reconciliation last year, but Favre’s coaching duties to Oak Grove High School prevented this from happening:
“We’re trying to set up, we’re actually trying to figure out a game to come up and I have been in contact with Mark Murphy and (general manager) Ted (Thompson). It’s just about when the time is right because we have had communication. Not that it’s really anybody else’s business, with all due respect. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Green Bay, and it’s not about me. It’s not necessarily about them. It’s about the fans and respect. When the time is right, they’re going to have things to do. They have a season to play. They have to get ready and I don’t want to be a distraction for them.”
There is a lot of information in this quote from Favre, but it is the last sentence that should garner the most attention.
Favre is correct-he should not be a distraction for the team. Former QBs should take a backseat to the current team. While they are able to enjoy retired life, the current team is busy preparing for what will hopefully result in the team’s 14th world championship.
Unless the retired QB in question is Brett Favre. His name continues to hover over the team, with questions about when he will be welcomed back into the Packers family constantly being asked.
Now that Favre has spoken on the subject of returning to Green Bay for a reunion with his former team, the conversation about why this should or should not happen is in full swing.
Some will say that Favre should absolutely be welcomed back into the Packers family for everything he did as a member of the team for 16 years. One Super Bowl victory, three MVP seasons, and countless memories are more than enough to warrant this.
On the other hand, some will say that Favre should never be welcomed back to the Packers. The ugly divorce between him and the team, which eventually resulted in his playing for the arch rival Vikings and beating the Packers twice as a member of them should be sufficient to banish Favre from Wisconsin forever.
As was stated earlier, when Brett Favre speaks, people listen. And then they voice their opinions on the subject.
These comments are the latest in a growing list of comments made by Favre, Murphy, Thompson, and Mike McCarthy about the former QB and his relationship with the team. Each time a comment is made, it is examined, crtitqued and interpreted by everyone.
Here is a way to make these comments stop once and for all: set a date and have Favre back up for a game. The sooner this happens, the less likely it will be that he becomes a distraction for the current team.
When Favre steps back onto Lambeau Field, there will be opinions on the subject . You know there will be opinions. But once that happens, all of the guessing games about why this should or should not have taken place will be gone. You cannot stop what is happening, and walking out of the Packers tunnel will forever prevent further comments about whether Favre should be welcomed back. It will also stop the specualtion about what is the appropriate time for this to take place.
Seeing Favre walk out of the tunnel as a member of the Packers again should bring some sense of closure to the subject. That would be the official signal from all parties involved that what is in the past is in the past, and they are ready to move on into the future.
Plus, wouldn’t it be nice if all of the talk surrounding this subject would finally come to an end? No more comments from Mark Murphy about when a reconciliation may take place. No more comments from Favre about how it almost happened last year. No more comments from Favre supporters aboout why this should happen. No more comments from those who don’t want to see Favre in the green and gold ever again.
Perhaps most importantly, no more articles discussing the details of the reconciliation between Favre and the Packers. This would (should) bring closure to the subject, and the sooner that he is back in Green Bay the better for everyone. In particular, the team, who would no longer have to answer questions about Favre.
When Brett Favre speaks, people listen. Hopefully the next time he speaks it is as a welcomed back member of the Packers family.
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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