Almost five years ago, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time was traded to the New York Jets. The divorce between Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers has been well documented.
The Packers had Aaron Rodgers as the future of the franchise and were tired of Favre’s constant indecision about retirement. In 2007, Favre and the Packers had a magical year. Favre broke Dan Marino’s career touchdown record, and broke John Elway’s career win record. The Packers finished the regular season 13 and 3, and reached the NFC Championship game against the New York Giants. As we all know by now, Favre’s last pass as a Packer was intercepted by Corey Webster, and the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl.
During the previous four years, Favre had hinted that he might retire after each year, only to come back after training camp. After the 2007 season, Packers General Manger Ted Thompson did not want to deal with the retirement circus. He gave Favre until the 2008 NFL draft to decide whether to return or retire. Favre decided to retire. The Brett Favre era in Green Bay was over, and the Aaron Rodgers era was set to begin. But in the beginning of July, Favre changed his mind and decided he wanted to come back. The Packers said no and traded him away to the Jets. The trade rocked the football world. When you thought of the Packers, you thought of Brett Favre. It didn’t seem right to imagine him playing on any other team. Not only that, but the relationship between Favre and the Packers was over and has not been fixed since.
After the 2010-2011 season, in which Rodgers and the Packers won the Super Bowl, Favre decided to retire, for good. Three years from now, Favre will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That is the main reason why the Packers and Favre should make amends and have Favre retire his Packers jersey. In the past few months, the signs of a reunion have started to emerge. Packers CEO Mark Murphy has said the team wants Favre to come back to Green Bay. Favre has admitted that the break up between himself and the Packers was his fault. Favre has also said that he expects Aaron Rodgers to break all of his passing records. If that doesn’t sound like a guy who wants to mend ways and come back to his family, I don’t know what does.
It is time for Favre to come back to Green Bay. Favre coming back would heal the wound that was left after he was traded. It would also make for a heartwarming story. Maybe Favre and his favorite wide receiver Donald Driver, who retired after this last season, can retire their jerseys during the same game. Whether that happens or not, I know one thing for sure: Brett Favre should be in the Packers Hall of Fame before he is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. All it takes is cooperation between Favre and Thompson, and Favre will be back home where he belongs.