Brett Favre isn’t worried about Packer fans booing him
Brett Favre is one of the greatest quarterbacks to play the game of football. In a career spanning 20 seasons, he has almost every passing record. The majority of his career was spent with the Green Bay Packers where he helped them win a Super Bowl in 1996.
It wasn’t all a honeymoon for Favre and the Packers. Thanks to Favre retiring several times and then changing his mind as well as playing for Green Bay’s hated rival for two years – the Minnesota Vikings – Favre is despised by namy Packer fans
Now the Green Bay Packers want to honor Favre by retiring his jersey. The iconic No. 4 he wore for 16 years.
The one issue with retiring his jersey is that it will be done at Lambeau Field – the hostoric home of the Green Bay Packers. Which means facing the wrath of 60,000 die-hard Packer fans.
Speaking last month, Packers president Mark Murphy said Favre was concerned with how the fans would react to his return to Lambeau Field. He also said that the retirement ‘probably wouldn’t happen in 2014‘.
“That is an issue. He doesn’t want it, and neither do we,” Murphy said. “He wouldn’t want to come back and get booed. You can’t control 80,750 people… [but] I really think as time goes on, every year that passes, it’s less likely that he would get booed, but that is an issue.”
But according to Brett Favre himself via ESPN.com, he’s not worried at all about the boos he would receive.
“I’ve heard that was a concern of mine, and I’m here to tell you I’m not,” Favre said Monday “I’m not worried about that. I’m well aware that you can’t please everyone. Not everyone’s going to like you regardless, and you know what, so be it. But I think the 16 years that I had in Green Bay speaks for itself.”
Favre went on to say that he will be remembered as a member f the Green Bay Packers despite playing for other teams throughout his career. And he has a point, I sometimes have to be reminded he was originally drafted by the Atlanta Falcons and played for the New York Jets after leaving Green Bay.
“Yeah, you’re right, I have played with other teams, but I will be remembered as a Packer. I feel that. I think the true Packer backers, which there are tons out there, feel the same way. I’m not the first player to play for other teams or rivals.”
Personally I think it’s a travesty that a player of Favre’s quality, a player who was the face of the franchise for 16 years has to wait for his number to be retired just because a few fans are still bitter about something that happened seven years ago. It’s not like the Packers haven’t had any success with Favre’s successor – Aaron Rodgers.
All I’m saying is, let the man have his special moment then go back to hating his guts if it means that much to you.