Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Note to Brett Favre: Character STILL matters

Here we go again.

"Broadway Brett" Favre just said he's through with football and has no plans to return to the NFL next season.

Now come word that the just-released Jets quarterback will be talking with the Minnesota Vikings.

You'll recall that in March 2008 Favre gave that teary-eyed emotional farewell to football speech in Green Bay and wished his successor, Aaron Rogers, all the best.

Then Favre did an about face and demanded his old job back.

But when the Packers said Favre could rejoin the tea, but they would honor their contractural and moral commitments to Rogers, Favre threw a hissy fit right at general manager Ted Thompson.

The whiny Favre then finagled his way out of the Packers organization -- which said it would still welcome him after his playing days ended -- and wound up as a New York Jet. (Favre later conceded it was done as a way to spite Thompson.)

I was in New York that August day when the town was abuzz with Favre fever. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in welcoming Favre, told him he could have the key to the city after he brought a championship to New York.

Broadway Brett was the darling of Gotham City until his performance waned and that early enthusiam turned to disappointment and angst.

The injured Favre said this time his retirement announcement was for good and the Jets dutifully released him.

The ink was barely dry on that paperwork when news broke out that Favre will be talking with the Vikings.

Certainly Favre's legendary on-the-gridiron performance is something that can never be taken from him. He earned it.

But also certain is that Favre's lack of good character. He's shown that he's not a man of his word. He also showed us that he's a crass cry baby who thinks of nobody but himself.

We're taught in Luke that the person who exalts himself will be humbled and the one who humbles himself or herself will be exalted. Favre must have skipped out on Sunday school the day that was brought up.

Here's a guy who should have respected the fact that the Packers waited for him to resolve his annual "will I play" soap opera before moving on and offering the starting quarterback job to Rogers. When he changed his mind and demanded his old job back, Favre in essence wanted the Packers to go back on their word to Rogers.

The Packers wouldn't bite -- and rightfully so -- but offered Favre a chance to rejoin the team where he could have mentored and backed up Rogers.

That wasn't good enough for Favre. After his "180" he felt he was entitled to waltz up Lombardi Avenue and tell the Packers how things were going to be done.

Unlike Packer fans, who mostly forgave Favre, Jets fans turned on him in a New York minute when his performance went south. It may well be that the New Yorkers had Favre pegged correctly.

Of course, Favre has the right to do what he wants but will the Vikings want this troublemaker on their roster?

That said, there may be good news if Favre puts on a purple uniform. That may be just what the Packers need to energize them into a powerful football team.

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