Over the course of the past couple of days you’ve heard the news out of the Green Bay Packers camp about the decision not to retire Brett Favre‘s jersey number this year – for a number of vague and innocuous reasons – with the most mentioned being that everyone’s afraid the fans will boo.
Brett Favre and Packers President Mark Murphy are afraid of a couple of boo-birds?
I can’t believe it.
No doubt there has been some bad blood between the Packers and Ted Thompson. There is clearly a contingent in Packers Nation who carry a grudge and still can’t stand Brett Favre for what he did back in the day. Yes, he flip-flopped. Yes, he went head-to-head with Packers brass, namely Ted Thompson. Yes, he really wanted to stick it to the Packers organization and did so by joining the Minnesota Vikings, beating the Packers twice and nearly taking that team to the Super Bowl.
Those are all good reasons for Packers fans to have some strong feelings toward Favre.
But you know what? It’s over. It’s water under the bridge. I don’t have to stop and regurgitate all that Brett Favre did for the Green Bay Packers. For years, he was the face of the franchise, and to many he still is.
It. Is. Time.
It is time to bring the guy back to Lambeau Field, have him stand at the 50-yard line and be welcomed back into the Green Bay Packers family.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s this year, next year or the year after that. There will always be a scattering of fans who might get their boo-bird on. But you know what? Packers fans in the stands will take care of those guys in less time than it took for a Brett Favre pass to travel 10 yards.
Think about it … you’re in the stands as Brett Favre and his family strolls onto the tundra one more time and there’s a loud-mouthed knucklehead in the row in front of you who insists on bellowing a boo … what are you and the folks next to you going to do? You are going to jump on the guy and tell him to shut his yap or you are going to get him thrown out of the stadium. And if he insists on doing it, there is going to be a guy who rips off his vintage #4 jersey and shoves it into the guy’s mouth.
The greatest majority of Packers fans who spend their hard-earned dollars to get into Lambeau Field aren’t going to do it so they can boo one of, if not, the greatest Packer who has worn the uniform in the past 50 years. They are not going to be frothing at the mouth to boo a guy who is one of the greatest heroes of recent memory.
So, I’m embarrassed that Mark Murphy and Brett Favre would even broach that subject and allow it to be a reason as to why the inevitable isn’t going to happen.
Their notion about the concern for booing is one lame ass excuse.
Let’s get it done and let’s get it done now.
Brett Favre’s number will be retired before he goes into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Stand up now and show your support, Packers fans.
And Mark Murphy needs to make the arrangements.
IT. IS. TIME.