It only took me 18 months before I broke down and wrote about Brett Favre. I joined Jersey Al’s team in August of 2012 and until recently, it was pretty easy to avoid the topic altogether.
Over the past year, however, Favre’s name has been tied more closely with the Green Bay Packers and a return to Titletown is not far off for old #4. During that span, our team has penned a few pieces about Favre, most recently of which was done by Kris Burke last year in June.
Favre retired after the 2010 season and three seasons removed from being the Packers starting quarterback. For many fans, those three years seemed like a decade. The year in New York with the Jets was kind of like being at a preseason game. The game is going on and it looks like football, but who really cares? The last two years of Favre’s career were a much different story.
For those with some time to spare, about an hour and twenty minutes, to be exact, here is a link to the film “Last Day at Lambeau“. It chronicles the time between Favre’s first retirement from the NFL and the Packers to his last game at Lambeau Field as a member of the Minnesota Vikings in 2010.
I remember Favre’s signing with the Vikings in August of 2009. Whether he orchestrated his departure from New York in order to land in Minnesota or if the stars just aligned that way, I hated the football Gods. It wasn’t that I was worried about Favre beating up on the Packers, because I honestly didn’t think he could. I just didn’t want to deal with all of the attention and build up.
2009 came and went and the Vikings got the best of the Packers in both games that season. Favre and the gang were within his merely falling forward to give themselves a chance to go to a Super Bowl that year. But in true Favre fashion and almost as if it were scripted, a vintage interception ended the Vikings’ run and 2010 would turn out to be a disaster (literally, as Mall of America Field was rendered inoperable by massive snow build up).