Brett Favre was a very good quarterback over the course of his career with Green Bay. I don't rank him in the top ten all time, but no one can deny he was an upper tier QB for the bulk of his career. Favre played for a small market team with alot of pride, something I understand a little. Such cities take their sports teams too seriously and deify their team heroes in a way not understood by most cities. Green Bay is reeling over the actions of Favre these last two seasons.
It seems to me he should have retired two years ago and taken his place as a god in Green Bay much like Jim Kelly has done in Buffalo or John Elway in Denver. Instead, unable to spend time away from the limelight, one of the supreme egomaniacs of this generation has driven a spike through the hearts of the Packer nation by signing with their arch rival Minnesota Vikings. Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports framed the situation beautifully-
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Maybe Brett Favre lost the keenest segment of the Green Bay Packers fan base long ago. Maybe he lost them when every summer began to orbit around him, and every roster decision was applauded or disparaged based on how it impacted No. 4. Maybe he lost them in one tumultuous offseason after another, when his emotional whims became reason enough to hold the franchise hostage.
Or maybe he really, truly lost them on Tuesday, when he signed with the hated Minnesota Vikings, and then in Favre fashion, said “If you’re a true Packer fan, you understand.”
That was the line that still had fans fuming as they filed out of Stadium View Sports Bar in Green Bay, aptly named for its view of Lambeau Field down Armed Forces Drive. Some fans that had flocked for the Packers’ evening practice on Tuesday piled into the bar to watch Favre’s news conference. And ultimately they had a resounding opinion as they filed back out: Favre’s iconic legacy in this city has hit a new low.
“I couldn’t believe the ‘true Packers fans’ should understand thing,” said Ron Knautz. “I’m 54 years old. I’ve been a Packers fan since I was 5, which is when I knew what the Packers were. I got my picture taken with Bart Starr when I was 12. I’m a true Packers fan. Maybe a true Packers player would understand how I feel.”