Don’t do it.
I can’t put it any more simply than that.
When word came out today that you would listen if the Bears called to join them in an effort to save their season, my immediate reaction was saying our loud “Please don’t do it.” This was followed by a strong feeling of sadness of what this would mean to me.
Since your departure from Green Bay in 2008, I’ve followed you, albeit from afar. While I never hated you when you played for the Jets, I knew it would never be the same. It hurt to watch you play for another team, but somehow I always thought it would be alright.
When you signed with the Vikings, I was more than hurt. I was pissed. While you may have denied that it was revenge motivated, I could not help but think the opposite. You were hell bent on showing the Packers who was right, and would do anything you could to show it. Despite all of this, I always thought things would be alright.
When you walked away from the game for the fourth time this past January, I was thankful. I honestly thought that the time was right to start the healing process between you and the Packers, and at some point you would return to Green Bay. Not this year, not next year, maybe not even until the next decade or two, but eventually you would return.
That was before today.
Joining the Bears would be the nail in the coffin for me and you. While I have to wonder what you could even offer any team after (supposedly) doing nothing the entire season, putting on the helmet of the Bears is exactly the kind of pain I would feel that so many Packers fans felt when you joined the Vikings. It would hurt at the very core of who I am, and would forever destroy any possibility of reconciling.
Ask yourself this: why would you do this? What more do you have to prove? Why would you want to leave the comforts of the farm and join a team that is currently decimated by injuires, barely clinging onto playoff hopes? Or are you looking at their schedule, and see that there is a chance to stick it to the two teams you may hate more than anything else, while playing for their bitter rival? I would be willing to bet there you have that slight itch, and are just looking for a reason to scratch it.
I’m not going to waste any more time trying to explain myself to you. Put on a Bears helmet, and it is over. Forever. I struggled through your time with the Jets and the Vikings, feeling the angst of watching a familiar face play for another team, because I always hoped it would be alright. Playing for the Bears would be crushing, devestating at a level I cannot even begin to describe. It would be the end.
I have a hammer in one hand and a pocket full of nails. Do you really want to end it this way? Let’s hope for your sake the answer is no.
A Green Bay Packers fan
Update: Favre released the following statement in an effort to squash the comeback rumors-“In spite of reports about playing with various teams, I’m enjoying retirement with my family and have no plans to play football. I haven’t contacted nor have I been contacted by any teams and all reports are inaccurate.”
As we all know by now though, Favre has been know to change his mind on occasion.
Filed Under: John Rehor