No more propaganda. No more false jargon being passed on from media puppet to Packer fanatic. No more assumptions. Thankfully, we FINALLY have the details.
For years, we have heard the "Ted Thompson is running Brett Favre out of Green Bay" statement. For years, I believed it. Yeah, we'd read assurances that during the off-season Thompson would phone Favre and encourage him to remain a Packer. Strangely, this year, this topic became a headline. And Ted Thompson was wrongly accused.
Ted Thompson was not pushing Brett Favre out of Green Bay. Ted Thompson was not forcing Brett Favre out of Green Bay. Sadly, Brett Favre is doing it to himself.
Over the last couple of days, we've read the story. It's no longer tabloid. Instead, it's fact. I'm not going to rehash the story as I trust you've read/heard/seen it, but I will say that Brett Favre has disappointed me.
I, wholeheartedly, believe that the Green Bay Packers are in good hands with Ted Thompson. I've often wondered whether the Packers best interests were in the best interests of Ted Thompson or whether Thompson wanted to do it "his" way.
I was wrong.
Thompson wants to win. And one thing is absolutely evident: Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy, and Scott McKenna all want Brett Favre to be the Packers starting QB when we host the Vikings on MNF in Week 1. And we want him 100% committed. Anything less is not going to suffice. In fact, I still want the 2-year commitment.
Ted Thompson, I trust you. I trust you as a businessman. I trust you as a scout. I trust you as a GM. I trust you as the builder and architect of the future of the Green Bay Packers.
Ted Thompson, this has been the most difficult off-season of your life. Arguably, it's been the most difficult off-season that any GM has encountered in the history of the greatest franchise in sports. And Ted, as the dust is settling, in the eyes of a die hard Brett Favre fan, you are coming out smelling like roses. You've convinced me that you want Brett back. If Brett cannot realize the same, shame on him.
We are less than 2 weeks away from the start of training camp. We're loaded with distractions and Ted, you've done your part to silence the critics. You handled yourself with class in what was a no-win situation. I'm thankful to have you, Ted, as the constructor of our future.
Brett, for the better part of 2 decades, I've hung onto your every step. I've lived for each down. I've enjoyed each interview. I've watched with with admiration. Brett, you are my idol. You remain my idol. But, Brett, it's time to make a choice and you have two options:
1.) Retire. Leave now. Ride off into the sunset as arguably the greatest football player to have ever lived.
2.) Come back. Give it another run as the Leader of the Pack. They can say all they want about you being #2, but everyone knows that when we come out of the huddle, you are our Leader. If #4 is on the roster, #4 will determine our success. Give us commitment. Wins will follow.
It's less than a month until the pre-season opener.