Leave the man alone

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 24, 2008

I wish everyone would leave Brett Favre alone. This opinion is biased of course as I have been a Brett Favre fan for many years. Needless to say, I like Brett Favre…ALOT.

I’m not a Green Bay fan by any means, although the recent play of my beloved Dolphins has made switching to Packers games much easier. The fact is as a former center if I had any quarterback to snap to it would be the future Hall of Famer in the green and gold.

He has been the kind of quarterback most any football fans had to respect. Most cadence-callers have a reputation as talented, but just a step above kickers on the football player scale. They tend to act pampered and more like a diva than an athlete.

Brett has been one of the lone exceptions. That’s why it has troubled me in the last few weeks to hear fellow sports columnist (supposedly fans themselves) trash the man from Mississippi for his desire to return behind center.

I can only assume that these self-proclaimed journalists have never strapped on a helmet and stepped on a gridiron. If they had, they would understand the desire any former player has to return to the good ol’ days this time of year.

I don’t know if it’s the smell, the view of other men preparing for yet another season or just an internal clock, but every former football player I know itches for one more carry, hit, catch or pass when July and August come around.

These are all normal emotions, even for someone like myself who hasn’t played in years. Why anyone other than former backup Aaron Rodgers would have a problem with a possible return to the game by Brett Favre is beyond me.

He set career highs last season completing a remarkable 66.5 percent of his passes and throwing for over 4,000 yards and 28 touchdowns on the way to leading his team to an NFC Championship.

Most die hard cheese-heads have been very vocal in support of their pigskin slinger. Many journalist and talking heads have been quick to chastise him however for possibly tarnishing his legacy and not putting his team first. With numbers like that though, I bet his teammates would love to have him back.

If general manager Ted Thompson and the folks in Wisconsin don’t however, fret not Brett. The weather in South Beach is beautiful and everyone looks good in green and white.

On a side note, I just want to express my gratitude to the folks here at the R-C News Herald for giving me the opportunity to “talk sports” with you folks again, I’ve missed ya!

I’d love to hear from you, direct any questions or comments to my e-mail. The address is dave@gate811.net