From the who didn't see this one coming department Brett Favre is getting the itch to play again according to a report this afternoon from ESPN. Was there anyone out there who didn't think something like this was going to happen? The guy loves to play football. He was one game away from the Super Bowl last season. He was still a productive player and he has been playing the retirement card for the last 5 seasons. There was no way we were going to get through a whole season without at least a rumbling that Favre was going to come back.
The guy who I feel really bad for is Aaron Rodgers. He has been a good soldier during the whole Brett Favre circus. He has been waiting his turn to take over as a starting quarterback and has kept his mouth shut. He has not complained that he is qualifyed to have had his shot by now. But now on the eve of training camp he might not have a starting job that was promised him. On top of that because Brett hasn't come out and denied it will hang like the Sword of Damocles over him all season long.
The Packers are also in a bad spot because now if Favre comes back because they have handed the keys over to Rodgers and they are going to have a tough decision to make. The Packers are going to either have to start Favre this season at quarterback and stunt Rodgers growth again, and waste more money in that position, or they will have to release or trade Favre which is unfathomable. I can't see any way they would trade or even worse release the most popular Green Bay Packers player ever.
The thing I really hate about the situation is I hate when athletes get wishy washy about their retirements. To me it lessens their careers. There is nothing wrong to me about an athlete hanging it up early even if they had a couple more seasons of productivity. Nor do I hold it against athletes that hang on a year or two longer then they should from a production stand point. I get both sides of that argument. But what I don't get is the I don't know which way I am going to go and I may be retired or not. Make up your mind. If your not sure then you should probably be playing because you can only be a professional athlete for so long.
To me the Michael Jordan saga was distasteful from the first "retirement" from the Bulls to the second one and then finally the last one from the Wizards. Most of the Brett Favre retirement saga was more of a function of the press and not Brett. But now things are different. Brett needs to make a statement immediately and either come back or say there is no way he is ever coming back. If he does come back then I don't want to hear anymore about retirement from him until he is truly ready to walk away.
I don't want to have that same distaste I had for Jordan that I am getting from Favre.