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Why Favre Won't be a Viking

Posted at 8:00 PM on August 4, 2008 by David Zingler (8 Comments)

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For years we've listened to television announcers gush about how Brett Favre is "special" and "different" from today's spoiled, egotistical athletes. Well, guess what - he's not.

In the past few weeks, we've seen that Favre is as a self-centered and out-of-touch as just about anyone who's been in his position would be. After leaving the Packers dangle the past three years as he contemplated retirement, the Spunky QB outdid himself this year and held the entire franchise hostage.

Let's face it, the Pack can't be getting much done at training camp right now. Supposed starting QB Aaron Rodgers is too busy looking over his shoulder to take command of the offense. In sports, you don't want to follow a legend. It never ends well. Sorry Aaron.

All of that aside, I would love to see Favre in Purple. The Vikings are a veteran team that is built to win now. Tarvaris Jackson is not the answer. Don't let the propaganda fool you; Jackson will be lucky to be an average signal caller this season. Put Brett Favre behind center with the Vikings running game and they are legitimate title contenders. With Jackson, they are pretenders.

But, it won't happen. Despite the reports, the Packers have no intention of trading Favre to the Vikings. It would be an incredibly risky move that would shore up their archrival's biggest weakness. It makes no sense from Green Bay's perspective - absolutely none!

The Packers are fueling these rumors to spread the drama westward. This summer has been a nightmare for them. They want the Vikings to share in their misery. Now, the Vikings have Favre's shadow hanging over them as well, distracting the coaches and denting Jackson's fragile psyche. It's genius really, that's why the Pack always seems to be a step ahead of our beloved Vikes.

When the Vikings and Packers renew their storied rivalry on September 8, Brett Favre will be on the field in his familiar place - as QB of the home team. By then, all will be forgiven and mostly forgotten in Green Bay.

(photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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