A classic Brett Favre shot, this photograph was shot back in 2003. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Brett Favre - c'mon home, man

In the interest of equal time, I’ve got to give Brett Favre a break today – this morning I posted a piece with a picture that made fun of what he looked like on that draft day way back when the Atlanta Falcons selected him.

So, this is serious: Brett Favre – it’s time to come home.

Brett Favre, 2008
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

We were all amused back in early February when he appeared live onstage with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers at the NFL Awards program on the eve of the Super Bowl. What wasn’t so funny was all the hate against Favre that spewed after that appearance. Yes, there was plenty of love, but I was appalled by the venom thrown his way after the appearance.

It’s got to stop and people have to get over themselves.

Yes, it’s time to put away your pitchforks and torches and realize that It. Is. Time.

First of all, do people really forget what he did for the franchise during his 16 years with the Green Bay Packers? He took the team to two consecutive Super Bowls, he won three consecutive Most Valuable Player awards, his presence was what helped convince the likes of Reggie White to sign with the Packers, he broke every team and league passing record out there (yes, including interceptions), and he changed the face of the franchise that lasts to this very day.

Why the hate? Because he decided to quit, then decided to come back and thought the Packers owed it to him to take him back? Well, being a diva, in my estimation, is far from warranting hate. Yes, he went on to the Jets, got hurt, retired, and then decided to come back and play for the Vikings.

So what? Yes, he beat the Packers in two games in 2009 and nearly led the Vikings to the Super Bowl that season (where they probably would have won). We all know how that ended.

But don’t you remember what happened the next year? Favre lost in his last day at Lambeau, got crushed by the Packers in Minnesota and then the Packers did the ultimate – they went on to win the Super Bowl with their newest hero Aaron Rodgers.

Favre ended his career on the injury list and with his consecutive game streak broken.

He slinked into retirement and has stayed there while Aaron Rodgers is about to become the highest paid player in league history. So, OK, he did have the recent fiasco with calling Greg Jennings to help convince him to sign with the Vikings … hey, maybe he was doing the Packers a favor in this case. The Packers are loaded with receivers and they really don’t need an injury-prone multi-millionaire on their roster. Not only that, but think of the millions the Packers saved to use toward the contracts of Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews. Money better well spent.

Brett Favre watches a replay of an interception he threw to the Bears’ Brian Urlacher in 2007.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

So, with all things seemingly equal, it’s time to kiss and make up. Even Packers President Mark Murphy thinks so. It’s time to put bygones aside and move on.

It’s time to start planning for the day when Brett Favre will be welcomed back to Lambeau Field with hearty cheers. It’s time to retire #4 and raise his name onto the ring of honor. It’s time to remember the best of Brett Favre and welcome him back into the Packers family where he belongs.

And I’m not the only one saying this. Check out Mike Vandermause’s and Mike Silver’s columns …

While nobody expects the Packers to open their arms and invite Favre back tomorrow – I would suspect that within the next couple of years the inevitable will take place.

Yes, there’s still plenty of discord out there among Packers fans and probably within the Packers organization, but now’s the time to start thinking and planning for that day. Favre will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in a couple of years and we all know he will be a first ballot shoe-in.

For one, I want Favre to go into that Hall of Fame as a Packer. Don’t you?

So, let’s get over it, Packers fans. It’s time to move on and time to accept.

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  • SunnyJS

    100% with you on this. Let it go. Nothing to be gained and much to be lost by continued “worrying the wound”. Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone…hello?…hello? …that question empties the stadium every time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.wright.37669 Scott Wright

    I never left him in the first place. Favre put us back on the map in so many ways, even offered to play for league minimum at the height of his career while we signed a lot of other big names just so that we could get back to the Super Bowl. In the end, that was all he wanted, one more try at the Big Game. Contrary to popular opinion, it was never about the money or the spotlight, it was always about football. There are only a handful who have ever played with his spirit and conviction. Still my favorite.

    • pat

      right on….

      • Favre4gotten

        Uh, no, it was always about him. Please link the article stating he would play for the league minimum btw….I’d be curious to see it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ray.rivard.963 Ray Rivard

    Thanks for the comments, guys. I just can’t believe the people out there with the hate against the guy. Heck, if Aaron Rodgers went down with an injury, he would probably be the first guy I called. He could probably still throw circles around Graham “I-can’t-hand-off” Harrell.

    Thanks again for the comments.

  • pat

    I’ve been saying this for years.I’ve always defended Brett in the local paper,not caring what others thought of my comments.He gave his all for the packers & the community while he was here and he rightly deserves to be honored..and SOON!The fans that don’t approve…don’t have to attend…I will gladly take their place & cheer him on.Since the 50′s no player has made me jump out of my seat in jubilation EXCEPT when Brett was playing.Yes,I have huge posters ,pictures and signed mementos of the greatest QB ever to come to Green bay.I watched him play no matter what color he was wearing as his enthusiasm was addictive.Come back b4 its too late for ME to see it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/danyingling Dan Yingling

    I’m glad someone finally wrote an article about all of this….

  • Joel

    This is an excellent article. How refreshing to see some rational thought and perspective on the subject of Brett Favre. I always thought the Packers were the “best fans in the NFL.” The last few years of small minded bitterness from so many in this camp has had me question not my loyalty to the Packers, but to Packer nation. Yes it is time to welcome back one of if not the best and certainly most exciting players we have ever had. Kudos to the writer of this article.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ray.rivard.963 Ray Rivard

    Great to read all these comments. You’re all right. There’s got to be some common sense that prevails. It will. It might not be this season, but probably in 2014 when Brett is brought back to the Packer family. I will be one waiting there with open arms. Let’s get it done.

  • Favre4gotten

    Why on earth would you want him back in the Packer fold when he openly despises the Packers and wishes nothing but ill will on them?

    He’s done nothing but try to stick it to the Packers at any chance he gets. Whether it’s giving Mariucci advice on how to beat the Packers, talking free agents into going to the Vikings or actively playing for division rivals.
    Favre is a douche. It needs to rest for a decade or so before being invited back….and he needs to make an act of contrition.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ray.rivard.963 Ray Rivard

      favre4gotten, Me thinks you hang on to the hate too long. What do you want the guy to do? kneel at the Lambeau Field 50 yard line and take his 39 lashes? C’mon, you can’t blame him for wanting to continue to compete … he did just that for three years after leaving the Packers. People are taking this way too personally. And 10 years? Wow. Why not 100 years? Why not just banish him for life? It’s football. Let it go, man.

      • Favre4gotten

        I could care less if he competed for another 10 years. It’s the fact that he’s still trying to stick it to the Packers and working for the Vikings even in retirement.

        Why on earth you would support him being in the Packer hall of fame is beyond me. If you think he should be in the PHOF now you’re just crazy. The man still hates the Packers.
        Just remember: “This isn’t Detroit MAN!”

        • Favre4gotten

          Ugh, and I also hate how Favre supporters claim he put the Packers on the map.

          The year the won the superbowl, the Packers had the #1 defense in the league. THAT’s what won the superbowl. Can you imagine how many superbowls we’d have had with Rodgers if he had the benefit of a slightly competent defense?
          Favre was dooshy to Rodgers because he feared him….turned out for good reason.

          • http://www.facebook.com/ray.rivard.963 Ray Rivard

            Favre4gotten, I do believe you’re outnumbered. There’s no reason in my mind for such hate. Please move on.

          • Favre4gotten

            I may be outnumbered on this blog site, but if you read jsonline at all, you’ll find I’m by far in the majority.

            I dig you love Favre, despite his continued animosity with the Packers. I get it. You’re a Favre fan. I’m a Packer fan. That is where we differ.

  • pdigaudio

    Actually, unlike baseball (which decides on its own which team a player represents), no one goes into the Pro Football Hall of Fame representing any particular team.

  • NFL Madness

    Favre has been my favorite player since the early 90′s. He’s the reason I love the Packers so much. I hated it when he left but I still followed his career all the way up to his “actual retirement” with the Vikings in 2010. I loved the way he played the game and he didn’t play it any different when he was a Jet or a Viking. For 16 years he played in Green Bay, we watched him grow from a kid into a man. He didn’t do anything to anyone outside of the organization. It was a personal problem between him and the higher ups. NONE of our business. Brett Favre needs to come back to Green Bay! Everyone should remember all the great times he created, his passion for the game, and his undying commitment he made to the fans for the 16 years he was there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.katorski James Katorski

    Amen, Amen… Amen. You’d think Favre was 10 times as vulgar as the Boston Strangler the way some Packers fans smeared him with uneducated dirt. Just like you said, he’s done more for the team than anyone since Lombardi just on being there, with the influence he had going on around him. I’ll put that ahead of any wrongdoing or selfish quarles between management and himself. He has more numbers in the record books, and was more of an influence allright, more than any player ever wearing the Green and Gold, in my book or record books. That includes guys like Bart Starr, Horning, Kramer, Adderley and Hutson or Lambau. So all you guys who don’t know where to draw the line between respect of players input vrs. their human mistakes, often rolled up with lust, bury it, like the man said.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ray.rivard.963 Ray Rivard

      Thanks, James. Well said.

    • Favre4gotten

      So, it’s uneducated to despise a player who wants to ‘stick it to the Packers’, his words. He did everything possible to ignore Aaron Rodgers and basically try to make him a pariah by saying it wasn’t his job to train him. True, it wasn’t his job, but it something a real team player would do.

      He had his own locker to dress at because he didn’t feel he knew the ‘new Packers’ anymore.

      He threw countless picks that ended playoff runs.

      He took photo’s of his junk and sent them to a reporter.

      He was a serial cheater on his wife.

      All these things point to what an incredibly selfish person he is. His career passer rating is 86, tying Trent Green and behind Daunte Culpepper.

      He holds records simply because of his time in the game. Without the Vicodin, he probably wouldn’t even have the consecutive game streak.
      He wasn’t just a bad Packer, he was a bad person…and that’s not somebody I want in the Packer half of fame.

      • Favre4gotten

        And, given we’re all humans, it’s impossible for us to make inhuman mistakes…it violates the definition.

    • Guest

      I had a really good comment to this…what happened?

  • Bob Ries

    He wants to retire as a Viking, he helped bring Jennings here too, LOLOLOL.