Oh my how things have changed for the beloved Brett Favre. Over the past few years Brett Favre has been able to make us forget all of his bad passes and all of his interceptions, by just giving us a wink and a smile that made him so impossible not to love.
So now that he is no longer so easy to embrace, as those circuitous monologues look less like stream of consciousness and more like a cover for something hidden beneath. He has now become, what many athletes are hated in public, but loved in the locker room. How has this 4- year old fallen so fast and so hard? Was it his arrogance in never wanting to come to training camp, and developing the trust with other receivers besides Sydney Rice? Was it when he publicly criticized his coach, and caused controversy early in the season?
The innocence is gone. The training camps missed, the dramas created – the accusation that he sent photographs of his genitals to a Jets sideline reporter. Make no mistake about it Brett Favre has turned into an old man right before our eyes on national television. Sexual Harassment is never okay, but when your 40 years old sending pictures of your testicles to a reporter, it’s downright embarrassing. He hasn’t proclaimed his innocence through this whole thing; he has dodged the questions left and right. What else, are we to expect from Brett Favre, he can do anything and the public will always love him? But this time around it’s different; he isn’t winning games if anything Brett Favre is the problem in Minnesota and not the solution.
Monday night on what should have been the biggest game of the year. Brett Favre was forced to confront his teammates about how much of a distraction he has become. He looks like the man who should have retired, last year when he was an interception away from making it to the Super Bowl. His 264 yards passing and three touchdowns look better on a stats sheet than they did in the game. In the end he was still the quarterback of a football team with two brilliant receivers and a dominating running back and yet a 1-3 record.
If his age hasn’t caught up to him, these recent allegations certainly have. It’s hard to believe in a leader if the league is investigating whether the pictures of a male private part floating around the Internet is his. Say he does manage to bring the Vikings back from this terrible start, let’s say he does the impossible and gets them into the playoffs and makes Moss the man he once was in Minnesota, what then? What is left for Brett Favre is it Super Bowl or bust? Because the way it looks right now the season is going to be a bust, and the Vikings will be stuck without a quarterback next year, in the same place they were in 3 years ago when they begged Brett Favre to be their savior.
For now the Vikings support him you can tell by the way they pat him on the back, and lend him support. It’s changed now though, these aren’t, the we will get them next time pats on the back Brett Favre used to get. The Vikings players know that without Brett Favre they have no chance of even making the playoffs, they need the old Brett to even have a chance. The players know they went all in, when they decided to bring in Brett Favre, it was all or nothing.
But how much longer can they believe in Brett if he can no longer bring them victories. Can they believe in a man that may be on the verge of being suspended by the NFL? Make no mistake about it the Vikings are losing faith in Brett Favre and along with his departure next year could be a few more. Brad Childress the head coach will have to take the fall for this, after all he was the one that brought him in, and got away from Adrian Peterson.
He was asked if he was guilty of the allegations.
“If you want to talk about what happened in the football game I would love to,” he said. “I would love to talk about Randy Moss’s touchdown catch.”
He was asked if he thought the charges were embarrassing.
“I’m embarrassed we lost this football game,” he said. “I thought we gave a great effort. We had a chance to win the game with 40 or 50 yards. They are a good defense but we are a good offense.”
Brett smiled and he chuckled and a few people chuckled back. Brett you’ve aged in front of an entire nation this season, and you can no longer get away with being good old Brett. The innocence is gone and will be gone until you answer these allegations; Brett is no longer the lovable athlete he once was. I said it before the season started and I will say it again, the Vikings are better off without Brett Favre, they need a quarterback to manage the game and just hand it to Adrian Peterson. If Brett fails a lot of people will lose their jobs, because of his decision to come back when he knew he couldn’t. The lovable man and personality of Brett Favre is no longer with us, the player may not be far behind.