Well, they were all lauding Brett Favre last weekend.
The fans chanted M-V-P when he was standing on Lambeau Field. And of course, former Green Bay Packers coaches, players and executives were saying nothing but great things.
Much of it was well deserved. Brett Favre had a pretty nice 16-year career in Green Bay.
Some of it was a bit much.
Here’s former Packers president Bob Harlan.
“Great leader, great competitor and has to be regarded as the greatest player we’ve ever had.”
Yes, yes and no. Unless Harlan is referring to the greatest player to play for the Packers during his tenure as president, then we cannot agree. And even if he is, then that’s debatable because Reggie White was pretty good.
Here’s former general manager Ron Wolf.
“It is an extreme honor for a guy from New Freedom, Pennsylvania, to be standing here and a part of football’s most storied cathedral, Lambeau Field, to acknowledge in my opinion — and I realize I’m biased — the best player ever to play for the Green Bay Packers, Brett Favre. I say that, because when I came here, I had some people that I was very fortunate to work with who covered the Packers in the ’30s, the ’40s, the ’50s through the Lombardi Era, and they told me the same thing.”
Well, I’ve talked to Ron Wolf and respect him tremendously. It has always been clear that Wolf was very proud of acquiring Favre and so it isn’t surprising that he’d say this. He should be proud of that move, but I will always disagree with him about who the best player in Packers history is.
Here’s current president Mark Murphy.
“Obviously, Brett has meant so much to the organization over the years. I think back over my long involvement with the NFL going back to the 1970s, I really can’t think of a player that has had a larger impact on a team or an organization than Brett Favre has.”
Well, that’s laying it on pretty thick, Mark. But hey, you’re making a killing at the Pro Shop, aren’t you?!
Anyway, here’s how we’ll remember Brett Favre.
Brett Favre is like all the farts I’ve had to hold in too long in business meetings and restaurants. It feels great to finally just let it go. Fuck it. Thanks for the good times, you bastard.
All due respect to Ron Wolf, but like Favre admitted, it was Wolf, not Favre, who turned this franchise around.
But if Wolf or anyone wants to proclaim the best player the Packers have had was Favre, they have blinders on, and probably a Vikings #4 jersey. Favre over Rodgers is a losing debate. I don’t have to check stats to know that Rodgers is far superior, but when you do check stats, it’s an absolute no brainer.
Rodgers just doesn’t “wing it” into double and triple coverage and “hope” his guy comes down with the ball, people call him a gambler, in what i guess is supposed to be a positive thing. Rodgers reads coverages, study’s opponents defenses. And passes the ball with surgical precision compared to Favre.
Any fuckstick with a strong arm can just drop back, heave and chuck a football. That is, of course, if you don’t mind throwing 377 interceptions, a good number of them in important playoff and NFCCG’s.
Favre had moments of being a great QB. But his carelessness with throwing picks, to me, disqualifies him, and disqualified the team from the playoffs more times than i want to remember. Great QB’s don’t do that.
How many times did you scream “Don’t throw a pick!!” when Favre had the ball at the end of a game. Then what usually happened? He’d throw a pick. Or 6 picks in 1 playoff game. That is not great. Nor is Favre’s playoff record after 1997. Actually, it’s horrific.
This never gets old.
Sorry, PF, but that is a gross attempt at reductionism and revision of history. Sure any fuckstick with a strong arm can throw it into triple coverage, said fuckstick would then be a Jay Cutler or Matthew Stafford. What people (Favre-haters) always seem to forget/ignore is that Favre was the quarterback was the (almost) complete package-he could scramble and was pretty dangerous when doing so. He could make all the passes, including touch passes (see OT game vs. the Donkeys), actually had a pretty high football acumen when he applied himself and was one of the best audiblers of his time (his 2 TDs in SB XXXI were audibles). He was also a pretty accurate passer, sans the INTs of course, and I’d wager at least two dozen of those were catchable passes that bounced off receivers’ (Corey Bradford, Robert Ferguson) hands. Finally, Favre is actually second all-time in game-winning-drives/4th-Quarter-comebacks with 46 (and he played pretty well in about half those games so it wasn’t just a result of overall suckery, see Tim Tebow), so he didn’t just throw picks to end games (again see OT game vs. Donkeys); he just made a habit of that at the end of his career. People remember that because they were in major games and at a time when the media inundated us with footage, thus establishing a lasting memory of those moments.
You don’t like Favre the person, we get it, but try not to let your hatred of the person pervert the man’s abilities as a football player-most would argue he is one of the top 10 QBs to ever step on the football field.
As for his postseason issues, yeah he wasn’t great near the end, but as much as I respect his ability, Rodgers hasn’t been too fantastic of late either, nor has Peyton Manning, ever, and they’re considered by most to be two of the greatest to ever play as well. Finally, not defending his historically inept performance for the ages, but in the Rams playoff game, Favre was supposedly concussed (either from the week before or during the game). I believe it was Favre who stated that so maybe he was just trying to rationalize his performance, who knows.
Favre has had some great moments but they are definitely laying it on pretty thick….
It’s amazing how humans can creatively select their memories to fit a convenient and pleasing narrative. Favre is a great example of people just wanting it all to be over and have a good time, allowing the man to get away with running roughshod over the team and the fans for 3 seasons and many years without once acknowledging his actions. I understand its a great revenue opportunity for the organization and retiring his number was a great move right now, but anyone asking real fans who paid attention to the entire ordeal to pretend like Favre was a god on earth is insane. Live and let live sure but anyone who is/was Favre over Packers can eat shit and die.
One reason I keep coming back to this blog is there are lots of commenters who get it–nice work guys.
Who care about the opinions of people who worked to help bring the Packers back into relevance? Favre was just lucky to be there. Nothing you can say will ever change how I feel about that traitorous chump. I will hang onto that anger for the rest of my life. I will puke everytime I see “No 4” retired in the atrium. How can 67,000 fans be so stupid? I clearly have an opinion that matters and more knowledge of Packers football than anyone else on the planet.
Ain’t no fury like a woman scorned!
where’s my miniature violin so i can play it for you suckas…
@mike ditka’s mom – be careful not to choke. on your puke.
Trolling for BF haters is gotta be like fucking a dead hooker.
Easy and cheap.
Still have his ring of honor ceremony, and also NFL hall of fame induction next summer.
Plenty of opportunity for everyone to keep chiming in.
Can’t wait to read all the dribble.
Had he won a super bowl with the Vikings his Packer induction would have happened after Canton.
He became very egotistical, Favre fans know, this is just going through the motions of what had to be done by both sides.
Packers fans with an anti-Favre agenda should just get over it. Grow up. He was a fantastic QB year after year after year. Plus, he had that boyish enthusiasm for the game that galvanized teammates and fans alike. Top ten of all time, and probably top five.
You are probably an idiot.