Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers: Reunited. Maybe the Mayans were on to something after all.
In a moment that stunned everyone, especially fans of the Green Bay Packers, Favre and Rodgers appeared on stage together to present the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year Award to Peyton Manning during the NFL’s annual Honors award ceremony. Favre and Rodgers poked fun at Favre’s decision to retire and then comeback. It was likely a scripted moment, but it brought laughter to the crowd.
It also brought hope to fans who are sick of the arguing over the former quarterback.
It was a moment many expected to see at some point in the future, but maybe not so soon and definitely not at this venue. How fast this news spread opened up a lot of old wounds and brought back a lot of emotions regarding the Packer hero-turned-villain.
With Rodgers apparently the one who gave the go ahead for this moment to happen, it has brought renewed hope that Favre will once again be a beloved member of the Packers family and that it would be sooner rather than later. As divisive as a figure Favre is amongst the Packers faithful, this was a good first step towards healing those wounds.
By appearing on stage with Favre, it is almost as if Rodgers is giving some Packers fans the go-ahead to once again fully embrace the former Packer legend.
Rodgers has apparently buried the hatchet. It’s time for Packer Nation to do the same.
That’s right: it is time to move on, hard as it may be.
It’s understandable why some are still upset with Favre. The end of his career saw him leave the Packers in a very public divorce only to end up with the Packers’ bitter division rival. To some, that’s like a husband cheating on his wife with her estranged sister. It makes a lot of sense as to why fans were and still are upset with #4. I used to be among them.
However, it’s still hard to ignore all the good Favre did. He, along with Ron Wolf, Mike Holmgren and Reggie White, put the Green Bay Packers back on the map. He brought joy to fans in the stands at Lambeau Field and helped brighten the lives of countless others off the field through his foundation and his work with Make-a-Wish.
The ending of his career was not what he nor the fans deserved. Favre owns that and owns it alone. Nothing can change that now.
However, for fans to completely ignore 16 years of incredible memories because of the final three years is petty. If you want to go through life being bitter, that is your choice, but boy do I feel sorry for you.
I can honestly say I can watch Favre highlight reels from 1992-2007 and smile again and enjoy it. Am I upset at how his career ended? Of course. It’s not enough for me to continue troll the man who brought so much joy to my life for so long. I was barely nine years old when Favre took over in 1992, and he was a childhood hero.
I’m not going to let how he ended his career spoil what good he did. Favre deserves to be celebrated for all he accomplished. Fans still spitting venom at Favre for those last three years and ignoring the previous years are not just being blind—they’re being selfish and ignorant.
To those fans, I say look beyond yourselves for a moment. Look at the person Favre’s antics had the most impact on—his successor.
Rodgers, who was far more personally affected by Favre’s actions than any of us, has signaled that it is time to move on. If Rodgers is the leader Packer fans have been waiting for, then they should follow his advice. A lot of Packer fans seem to worship at Rodgers’ feet, despite his own flaws, so they should do what Rodgers thinks is right, correct?
We’ll have to wait and see but if the person who was actually impacted by Favre can move on and embrace him, then so should the fans.
If they can’t, then I feel sorry for them for leading such bitter lives. There is so much more to life than holding a grudge.——————
Kris Burke is a sports writer covering the Green Bay Packers for AllGreenBayPackers.com and WTMJ in Milwaukee. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) and his work has been linked to by sites such as National Football Post and CBSSports.com. Follow @KrisLBurke