Quarterback Brett Favre is heading to the New York Jets in a trade confirmed last night that will end the weeks-long drama over Brett’s decision to unretire and his desire to return to the Green Bay Packers, the team he’s been with for 16 years. After Brett announced his retirement in March, the Packers decided to move forward wtih Aaron Rodgers as their starting QB. When Brett decided a little over a month ago that he didn’t want to retire after all, the Packers weren’t eager to take him back. The NFL granted Brett’s reinstatement, but on August 5th, Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that after having what he called “brutally honest” talks with Brett, he’d determined the QB didn’t have the right mind-set to play for the Packers because he couldn’t seem to get past emotional wounds that were opened over the previous weeks.
My question is: what part of RETIRE does Brett Favre not understand? I mean, don’t get me wrong – the guy is am amazing football player. But if you decide to retire and your team moves forward (which they have no other choice but to do,) then why would you have “emotional wounds” over it when you change your mind? Why not just go out on top with a stellar reputation as a kick-ass quarterback, enjoy your millions, and hand over the torch gracefully?
What’s your thoughts? Do you think Brett should come back, or do you think he should actually stick to the original plan and retire? Another thought: if Brett had been traded to your favorite football team, would you be happy about it? If he was traded to my team – the K.C. Chiefs, I’d feel like it was Joe Montana all over again.