After years of bitterness and a bit of resentment,Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers have finally put their differences aside, as he confirmed on his website Sunday night that he will return to Lambeau Field in 2015 to get his number retired and be inducted to the Packers Hall of Fame.
This move is long overdue and even though some Packers fans may still harbor some ill feelings towards Favre, it’s time to move on. Heck, you should have moved on already. I was over the whole Favre thing the day the Packers won the Super Bowl with Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers beating Favre twice in the 2010 regular season also helped. But in the end, no matter how stupid he acted, Favre is still one of the greatest Packers of all-time and absolutely should be elected into the team’s Hall of Fame.
It might be hard for Packer fans to remember what it was like before Favre came to Green Bay but its was bleak to say the least. The 1980’s featured just two winning seasons and one playoff appearance. By the time former Packers general manager traded a first-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons for the rights to Favre before the 1992 season, Green Bay had gone a decade without making the playoffs.
Yet, with Favre as the starting quarterback, the Packers started turning things around in 1992 as the team posted a 9-7 record, giving the franchise just its second winning season in 11 years. Green Bay didn’t make the playoffs but that offseason, the team signed Reggie White, who likely would not have come to Green Bay if it wasn’t for Favre, and the rest was history.
Since that 1992 season, the Packers have had just two losing seasons and in Favre’s 16 years under center, it happened just once.
With the three-time MVP at quarterback, the Packers were relevant again and contended for the Super Bowl regularly. In his 16 years as starter, Favre led Green Bay to the playoffs 11 times. Four of the five teams that did miss the playoffs had records of 9-7 or 8-8 and missed out the postseason by a game or a tiebreaker.
The former second-round pick from Southern Mississippi, led the Packers to ten double-digit win seasons and nine division titles. Four times he guided Green bay to the conference championship game and twice to the Super Bowl. He led the Packers to the ultimate prize in 1996 and played a key role in the team’s 35-21 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI by throwing for 246 yards and two touchdowns, while also running for another.
I’m overjoyed that Favre is finally getting his number retired and in all honesty, it should have happened a year or two ago. Regardless of what happened, Favre is a Green Bay Packer legend. He is the reason I fell in love with football. My Dad and I looked forward to watching him play every Sunday and no matter how angry I was at the fact that he played for the Minnesota Vikings, nothing could ever change what he meant to the Green Bay Packers and everything he did for that franchise.
To put it bluntly, Favre is one of the most influential figures in the history of the Green Bay Packers. Without him, this incredible 22-run of consistency would not have happened and without that the Packers would not be financially stable they do now, so in a way you could say that Favre helped save the franchise. If you don’t want to go that far, you have to admit he was at least an integral part of putting it back on the map.
You can say what you want about Favre and if choose to continue hating him then go ahead, just don’t forget everything he did for Green Bay Packer football and remember that the Packers wouldn’t be where they are today without him.