I've expressed my love for Favre here and here. And, throughout this whole terribly messy ordeal, I've held my breath. I've held my breath because I knew that Favre's career, his legacy, the Packers as an organization, and football as a whole, would be changed forever by the outcome. Despite what you think of the man, you know that some of football's innocence, it's wholesomeness, died the day that he stepped foot onto that plane and flew away from Green Bay, never to return.
Other team/superstar combos have been broken apart in the past, but this one seemed to be the most personal and hurtful.
For me, as a fan of both the organization and the man, I feel like my heart has been torn in two. Which way do I turn? To whom do I offer my support? What would I do if the Packers meet the Jets in the Superbowl?
These questions still haunt me...
I know this: I will continue to pull for the Green and Gold. I've been a Packer backer for 15 years, and that's not going to change now. I will continue to support Favre's career, but not the Jets as a team. Sorry guys.
But here's what really gets me: Last year, for my birthday, I finally got an authentic Brett Favre Packers home jersey. And now, it's obsolete. But I can't buy an authentic Jets jersey. (Because I can't afford it and I don't want to support their organization.) So, I'm laboring over getting a replica (about $220 cheaper) Favre Jets jersey. That way, he knows I still care.
And so, I move into this upcoming football season a little broken hearted. Will it ever be the same? Probably not. But who knows? Maybe, with time, it can be better.
Aaron Rogers, you'd better not screw this up...