With so many story-lines surrounding this weekend’s matchup between the Vikings and the Packers, none are bigger than Brett Favre donning his once arch enemy’s jersey.
To us common folk, we just see Favre as he is. We all knew he was capable of this and weren’t the least bit surprised when he actually did it. But there are a group of people who could’ve never fathomed Green Bay’s golden boy doing this. This group of people wore that G on their helmet before him and with him and they never thought they would see Brett Favre wear that purple jersey. And now that they have, they have voiced their displeasure.
“When you switch to the Vikings, that’s the one team you hate and hate’s a strong word,” said LeRoy Butler, a Super Bowl winner with Favre in 1996 and member of the Packers Hall of Fame. “That’s the one thing you dislike. You enjoy beating the (Chicago) Bears, it’s a great rivalry. But when you play the Vikings – Hatfield and McCoys, that’s how it is. All the rules go out. You have to beat them. It’s a must-win game. You can live with splitting with Chicago. You can’t live and you can’t sleep losing to the Vikings.
“It’s going to be on every station, if they lose to the Vikings, for four days. I don’t want to see that. I don’t want to see the four-letter network have Brett’s picture up and the lovefest. ‘Ah, he’s this. He’s that. He just loves playing the game.’
“Nope, sorry Brett. You’re on the other side now.”
Lovefest for Brett Favre on the four-letter network? No!
“It will be an interesting moment for me,” Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Willie Davis said Wednesday. “I think I will have some sense of disappointment, some sense of that’s the way things are because it’s truly a business.
“If I knew why Brett Favre elected to play with the Vikings, I could probably appreciate it a lot more. I respect his right to do it; I just question what would motivate one to do it. I think in his heart, I truly believe he’s a Green Bay Packer and I think when all the things happen to him after football, the Hall of Fame and things like that, he will be stepping up as a Packer.
“I just don’t understand why he went to Minnesota.”
It’s simple really. It’s Brett Favre being Brett Favre.
The home of Packers Hall of Fame guard Fuzzy Thurston, a member of five championship teams, used to be adorned with three framed Favre photographs – an indication of the close bond Favre and Thurston shared.
The emphasis is on “used to.”
Thurston’s wife, Sue, took down the frames shortly after Favre signed with the Vikings. Even the one that’s personally autographed: “To Sue – From your favorite Packer, Brett Favre. Too bad, Fuzzy.”
“It’s such a mixed feeling,” Sue Thurston said. “I just love the guy, always have, he was my big hero. But I like the Packers, too, and I hate the Vikings. It’s just . . . I don’t like it. It just makes me sick.”
Fuzzy, who has trouble speaking because of his long-ago throat cancer surgery, also isn’t handling the idea of Favre awashed in purple very well.
“We really don’t bring it up in front of him,” Sue said. “He doesn’t like it at all. He’s very disappointed. He blames both sides.”
And just think folks, this is just the prequel. You just wait until Favre shows up at Lambeau Field. Expect fire, blood, and f-bombs to reign supreme.
It can’t be worse (Journal Sentinel)