Brett Favre, whose birthday is today, was photographed on the stadium screen with the team's logo fading in behind his image. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Happy Birthday, Brett Favre! We await your homecoming



I can’t think of a better day for Brett Favre, that former Green Bay Packers quarterback who seemingly has as many of those of us who love him as those who revile him … both for obvious reasons.

Why is today so appropriate?

Well, the Chicago Bears are playing on Thursday Night Football … yes, that same Chicago Bears team that we saw Favre rip apart so many times.

But that’s beside the point.

Today is even more special for one of the greatest, if not the greatest quarterback to have played the game of football.

On this day in in 1969, Brett Favre was born to Bonita and Irvin Favre in Gulf Port, Miss. Who was to know that he would grow into a 6-2, gunslinging quarterback who would break just about every possible record in the NFL books – records that will most likely stand for years to come.

Little did we know here in Wisconsin that when Ron Wolf traded away a first round draft pick for a quarterback nobody had heard of that 20 years later he would have grown to be revered across the planet as the best in the business. Little did we know he would retire – twice – and then come back to haunt his former team for one season (2009) while playing for a hated rival? Many Packers fans will never forgive him for that.

Not me.

I always said that even when he played for the Vikings, I loved Brett Favre. After all, I could still love Brett Favre, but hate the Vikings.

That’s why when I say Happy Birthday, Brett, I really mean it. He will always be a hero in my book; the kind of player who entertained an entire generation of football fans. While I feel sorry for those young Packers fans who have known only Favre and Rodgers as their quarterbacks. They don’t understand the futility and frustration us older Packers fans felt in the 70s and 80s after relishing the 1960s.

When Brett Favre came along, he changed the entire culture in Green Bay. The team immediately went from despair to hope and finally expectations of a championship year-in and year-out.

I miss what Favre brought to the Green Bay Packers and the entire league.

There will never be another like him.

Happy Birthday, Brett. We hope for many more and look forward to the day you can stand at the 50 yard line in Lambeau Field one more time while your number is finally retired.

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