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Cory's Corner: This is the summer of Favre

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Cory's Corner: This is the summer of Favre

Whether you’re ready for it or not, this is the summer of Favre.

And it started this past weekend in Madison.

Brett Favre came back to Wisconsin to take part in a nine-hole celebrity golf scramble at the American Family Insurance Open. Favre, whose head and beard have given way to more white hairs, played with tournament organizer Steve Stricker. They took on Mark Tauscher and Andy North.

Favre was the only player of the four that wasn’t originally from Wisconsin.

As usual, Favre made some jokes and even took on a shade of Happy Gilmore when he said that he would rather play with some noise than deafening silence.

But after the silliness was out of the way, Favre was asked about his Hall of Fame induction. The Aug. 6 ceremony is getting closer and closer and with the Packers playing in a the Hall of Fame Game on the very next night, there’s a good reason why someone on StubHub has a ticket to the enshrinement as high as $899.

Yet in typical Favre fashion, he hasn’t started writing his speech yet. He might scribble something down on a drink napkin during his flight to Canton or he may just do what he has done his entire career — shoot from the hip.

It’s hard to believe that Favre is 46. Upon second glance, he looks like he has been a proud AARP cardholder for years. Yet, for all the hits and knockdowns he swallowed, his body is a riddle. Physically, one could argue that Favre is in better condition now than during his playing days, but on the outside, the stress of willing his team to win for 19 years is evident.

It was special when Favre came back to Lambeau Field last summer. His number was retired and rightfully placed among the greats. However, this summer is his victory lap. He gets to write his final NFL chapter — whether that be with a word processor or a No. 2 pencil.

So soak it in. The legend of Favre is nearing the home stretch. 

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Nick Perry's picture

On the NFL Network they played the Packers vs Bengals game where Majik was hurt and Favre came in, threw 2 TD's in the 4th quarter to win the game, and never gave up the job. It was September 20th, 1992, hard to believe it was 25 years ago, Holmgren looked thin, Favre like a young boy, and the Packers had the best WR in the game in Sterling Sharpe. Favre started every game until January 20th, 2008 from that point on and I loved every minute of it. I took the good with the bad because the Packers mattered again, they weren't the Packers of the 70's and 80's.

I know some here will never forgive Favre but not me. Favre deserves "A Summer of Favre" because he was one of the main reasons the Packers returned to that place at the top of the NFL. A place they still sit 25 years later.

StarkVegas's picture

I couldn't have said it any better Nick. Go Pack Go!

MarkinMadison's picture

"I took the good with the bad..."

I really don't have a problem with this approach at all. The problem I have is with the over-the-top hero worship. I flipped on the radio this weekend and the boys at ESPN Wisconsin were joking about putting up a poll about whether you would let your wife have uh, a session with #4, and they were all in favor of it. That's the kind of crap that encourages guys like Farve to BE, well, what he was.

So welcome back Brett. Enjoy the summer, you've earned it. But no, I'm not sacrificing my wife or daughters for the cause.

WKUPackFan's picture

The "fans" who ridiculed AR during the Favre debacle have yet to be held accountable. They've never admitted that they were wrong and horrible human beings.

Ibleedgreenmore's picture

I live out of the state, my brother said hey I am going to watch a Packer game and said watch this. I had not seen news since it was when there was no internet for me. Long story short I sit and watch it and he is say man this guy messed up. Then Favre throws the TD and he just laughs at me. I tell you the history that has been created the last 35 yrs is special just love it all.

Bearmeat's picture

I'm on the other end of things NP. Favre tried to submarine the team he was the QB of for 16 years because TT told him it was time to hang em up. I maintain that Rodgers would have won that game against the Giants. Favre (once again) choked.

It would be different if BF ever had in any sense, acknowledged responsibility for the mess that was the summer of 2008 and the hard feelings in 2009 and 2010, but he hasn't.

Last Thanksgiving during his induction into the ring of honor, I sat on my couch when Favre came out at halftime. Only when Starr came out did I stand and applaud.

I expect I'll watch the HOF induction ceremony. But I expect it'll be with the same mixed emotions. Glad he was a Packer. Glad he's not anymore.

Eh.... Whatever...

Michalske's picture

I've always wondered how much of the feeling against Favre in 2009 and later came from fans who defended him and dissed Rodgers in 2008. (Not saying that describes you Bearmeat, just your post reminded me of the question).

Favre's behavior in 2008-9 required him taking responsibility for his petulance and time to let the emotions on all sides settle down. He sort of did the 'accepted responsibility without admitting fault' thing in 2013 (iirc).

Is that kind of 'apology' enough? It was for me but I was more saddened by what went in in 2008 than angry at anybody, and didn't have to back off my position a year later.

Is 7 years enough time? It is for me but I guess not for everybody. What is the statute of limitations for acting like a d-bag?

Bearmeat's picture

Michalske -

I was mad at BF from the moment I heard the "There's rumblings about The Ol' Gunslinger wants to un-retire" reports in April. I knew they were true immediately. He'd owned Sherman and tried to treat MM and TT that way and they put him in his place. He choked in the 07 NFC CG. And ARod was ready. If MM didn't play him, and I mean IMMEDIATELY, GB would have lost a VERY good QB prospect after 2008.

Favre had to go. It was time and he knew it. 09 with the Vikes was a bag of magic and disappointment. If he stayed healthy, I knew that he'd play well in 09. He was too mad not to. And I also KNEW he'd choke in the playoffs. I told several friends how the Vikings season would go in August.

That 09 NFC CG for the Vikes and and 10 Super Bowl win for the Pack was catharsis, but Favre still never has said "I was wrong and I'm sorry."

If he'd said that, I'd forgive. As it is... eh.... Whatever.

Tarynfor12's picture

Do I even care whether Favre has or has not started to write his speech....no. I'm more inclined to believe this statement was a media attention grab and it worked. Now on his induction day, the media will now have reason to boast that he may even be the best gunslinger of random speech, if no paper is seen, or his ability to write something so quick is testimony that his make something up at the moment, as like in a game, is still in him. Either way Favre will get his applause and perhaps a little extra afterwards depending on the gullibility of the media and fans alike. : )

EdsLaces's picture

Brett "the reason a guy like me all the way in West Virginia fell in love with the Packers" Favre.

WKUPackFan's picture

September 20, 1992. My then 17 month old daughter was sitting in my lap watching Brett work his magic. He provided a championship and lots of thrills.

Afterwards I became very disenchanted with BF. The vitriol directed at AR had a lot to do with that. However, recently that now grown daughter asked my opinion of BF. I responded that it wasn't very high. She said: "He's my Packers QB". That caused me to reevaluate. I now feel that Brett did what he needed to do for him, and I'm OK with that.

Lphill's picture

I will be attending the HOF induction and the game , should be a great time for all Packer fans who attend. We all loved him and hated him but what would we have had without him all those years.

Turophile's picture

Best to separate the enjoyment of Favre as a player, and disappointment with him as a person later in his career.

He was a very exciting player for many years and an ironman. He was also good for Green Bay, a crucial part in restoring the Packers to a more than respectable position in the league.

He also acted increasingly like a spoiled five year old as his career in GB wound down and during his time with the Jets and Vikes. Some of the stuff he did at that time was pretty unbelievable.

So, I liked the player for many years, not so fond of the person in his latter playing years. That is the dichotomy that is Favre.

4thand1's picture

Love him or not he was a football player. He played a game that made him bigger than life. It's not his fault he was treated like royalty, it's the media and the fans. He was a savior to a franchise that were bottom feeders for 20 years. Younger fans don't connect with that. We older fans appreciated the winning more than they will ever know. Watching this team constantly make the playoffs is something I thought I would never see. I was 10 when they won the 1st SB. He got other players to come to GB and the winning continues. So like it or not he will go down as one of the greatest Packers ever. He was a personalty, fun, and loved by his teammates were ever he played. let him have his final ride into the sunset and relax. He never did anything to personally harm any fan so let it go. He gave the Packers his best and that's good enough for me.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Yes, 4th and 1, it was Favre's fault. Being treated like royalty is, perhaps, the reason for his foibles, but they aren't an excuse. Personal responsibility for one's actions is losing in America.

stockholder's picture

I always thought Farve would find a way to win a game. Farve holds a lot of stats to say he was a great player. What a public relations mess between TT and Farve. This game is about money and we want it to be about winning. Farve could not make everyone happy. To play for nothing is absurd. But the game changed for Farve. (It's promotional and about money.) Management marketed Farve!. He couldn't show his heart. The Fire to play was bigger than his head. If the packers could market him. Why should he not market himself? ( Look at all the commercials.) No one is bigger than the Green bay packers. Management found a new player to market. They told Farve he could "not compete." Hearts were broken. We all like to break rules and show were special. Farve was special!

3rdigraphics's picture

This was supposed to be the summer of George...

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