I've lived in Wi all my life, 32 years to be exact. I remember the 89 season with all the excitement and emotion of last minute wins capped off by a Cinci failure against the Vikings that knocked GB out of the playoff race. My first year was one of fun and disappointment, but I loved it never the less. What a great year to become a fan of the best sport this nation has to offer.
Fast forward to the beginning of the Favre era and things really became exciting for me as a fan. As his legend grew, so did my admiration of the player. The one moment that sealed his place in my mind as a legend was when he coughed up blood on the field during a game against the Bears and still managed to finish the game. It's times like that where we as fans find our hero's, buy their jersey and put the hater in their place when nonsense is spoken. His pure excitement and passion for the game was and is a treat to watch and be apart of. He brought more enjoyment to this fan base and franchise than any other, and that's including the glory years in my opinion. He is a once in a generation type of player and it will be a dark day when his last game does in fact come to pass. I always loved talking about the game, my team and Favre with fellow Packer fans that I came across. There was never a time that I can recall where there was an ill word tossed his way or the thought of him not living up to the hype. Sure there were times were his name would be preceeded my a not so kind expletive, but after the emotions settled we knew how good we had it. I never thought there would be a time in my life where I would think about leaving my team and go to another. I'll explain a little more on that in a bit.
But that was pre 2008 off season, and sadly most fans that loved him as a player, now despise him. Sure, things didn't end well for the two parties and both could have handled it better. Favre has so share of the blame, I'm not going to get infected with the "homer bug". There are many that call him a diva, ego driven, the list of names goes on. But when I take a look back and see how the organization was being run after Thompson came aboard, it was clear to me why Favre did what he did. GB decided to take the draft only approach which wouldn't have left Favre time to play on a contender. He knew he could still play, the management didn't think he could and wanted to rebuild and send him off. With Rodgers behind him, he had to know his time was coming and that the team wanted to groom another qb and move on. That was evident with Ted's reluctance to sign proven talent via free agency.
I wish the fans here would put themselves in his shoes and think about what they would do in that situation. You still want to play, know you still can play, but the team is building for success after you are gone. So are you to go out and get beaten up Sunday after Sunday knowing it's really for nothing, or are you going to pursue your dreams and wants? Wouldn't you want to go to a team that gave you the best chance to go out on top, even if it was a hated rival? Any athlete that has that competitive fire is going to do whatever it takes to finish strong, and that's what Favre did.
For this act of "treason" as they say, he is now hated and despised. They call him selfish for going to the Vikings because he betrayed the fans. But this is the ultimate act of hypocrisy in my mind. GB fans are telling Favre to stay away from the perfect situation, his best chance to win and fulfill his goal. And it's all done because it whats best for their themselves and their team. If Favre stayed away, that would translate into more enjoyment for them because it would have been better for their team. His wants and goals should be let go for them and them alone. So tell me who is the selfish person here, the one that wants to achieve success in life and make himself happy, or the one that says put aside your wants and needs for me. They wanted him to stay away from the Vikings so they could get more enjoyment out of their Sunday afternoons. When you ask someone to put aside their dreams for your own gain, then it is you that is selfish, not the victim in this situation.
And now these same fans cut him for things they never would have before because he's no longer with the team. Now they bring up the INT's where before they were happy no matter what he did. And there were many that wanted him hurt and talked with glee after the last game because he plays in purple. This is selfishness and hypocrisy at its finest and it makes me embarrassed for these fans.
So now this leads me to the title of this rambling. I sit at a cross roads as to what team will get my loyalty. After all the vicious and mean spirited things that were said about the man, I don't know if I want to be associated with this fan base anymore. I know there are jerks that root for every team, but this is unlike anything I have ever seen. I know there are a lot of good and decent GB fans, some are in my family, but there are far more sub level idiots than I previously thought. Being a Packer fan is in my DNA, but that doesn't mean it has to be a part of me forever. People extract organs that were once good all the time from themselves. I guess only time will tell as to where I end up, but if it with the Vikings, I know the fans are good hearted and wouldn't turn on a legend, at least that the vibe I get from reading this site. Are there any former or current fans that are having the same struggle?