Favre’s image tarnished by narcissism

Ray Maloney, Sports

If the report is true the tears are sure to begin flowing. Again.

For the third time in as many years, we are bound to witness Brett Favre sitting in front of the cameras he adores and telling everyone within ear shot how much he loves the game of football.

He will tell all how much he loved playing with the players who have helped make him a pretty darn good quarterback in the National Football League. We will hear how the season he spent in Minnesota in 2009 was one of the most enjoyable and productive of his career, a career that is sure to earn him a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

We’ve heard it all before.

I was sitting in the baseball press box at Tulane University in New Orleans in 2008 and watched as Favre, from neighboring Mississippi, announced he was calling it quits after a career that really began after being ungloriously released by the Atlanta Falcons and then-coach Jerry Glanville.

Is Glanville still around? Oh, that’s right, he’s in the Big Sky Conference and coaching Portland State University.

‘Nuff said. Back to Favre.

As I sat there at the home of the Green Wave, not far from Canal Street in the Big Easy,  just miles from world-famous Bourbon Street with its many fine eateries and novelty shops — among other places that became favorites of mine, I marvelled at the brilliant numbers Favre put up in his career with the Green Bay Packers.

Let’s just say that since the day in November of 1967 when I watched my first NFL?game on television with my brother-in-law, Vernon, the Packers have always been hated by me.

But that day in New Orleans, my disdain for the Cheeseheads went away, if only for a while.

Reporters covering the Tulane game that day took the time to watch on television as Favre tearfully closed his career.

As I watched, I couldn’t help but feel a tinge of sadness as a decorated player stepped away from a game after giving it its due reward and due respect. Favre thanked all that helped him reach the pinnacle of his sport.

The love of the game and the passion in which he performed on the field was truly marvelous. We could all take a lesson from him and apply that same kind of passion in our own walks of life.

If only we had known at the time that what we were witnessing was to become an annual occurence and Favre would unretire and return to the NFL and then do the same thing a second time.

Now, with Tuesday’s report that Favre has informed the Vikings he wll not return for another season, it appears he has taken the first step in a possible trifecta on waffling.

If the report is correct I hope Favre does stay away this time.

As a longtime fan of the Viking, from Bud Grant, Fran Tarkenton, Alan Page, Jim Marshall, along with the hilarious Bob Lurtsema, to former Cando High School star Dave Osborne, Chuck Foreman and Tommy Kramer, I appreciate the effort Favre gave in 2009.

But, what I cannot accept is the way he has put himself ahead of the game.

Favre’s prolonged decision-making off the field, prevented the Vikings from taking necessary steps to assure the continued success of the franchise in 2010 by obtaining a QB in the draft or by trade.

Vikings owner Zygi Wolff just last week said he expected the narcissistic Favre to be the starter in 2010.

Now, it appears Vikings fans will be left to watch again, like they did in 2007, as Tavaris Jackson tries to lead Minnesota one step further than the Vikings went in 2009.

There is a better chance that New Orleans will become a “dry” city.