A couple of days ago, I posted that I could not be less interested in seeing the Steelers and the Packers. After all, I have never liked the Steelers…and a Bears fan rooting for the Packers may well find himself in a psychologist’s office.
However, despite what I said, I will be interested in the Superbowl. Because of one particular pain-in-the-ass player named Brett Favre.
In his first season with the Vikings, Brett Favre claimed the Vikings were the best team he had ever played on. Including the 1996 Superbowl champion Packers.
I believe his motivation for this claim did not arise from an objective point of view, but instead because he had a need to stick it to the team that didn’t automatically give him back his starting QB spot the first time he decided to “unretire.”
Aaron Rodgers had spent three years on the bench waiting for his chance to be a starter in the NFL. During the 2008 training camp, Aaron Rodgers was preparing to lead the Packers as a starter when Brett Favre and the team announced that Rodgers would have to compete for a job that was already his.
I will not recap the rest of the mess that has become the Brett Favre saga, but suffice it to say that he did everything he could to destroy the reputation of the team he had helped build for the better part of a career.
Fast forward to…right now. Brett Favre has retired, again. Aaron Rodgers is representing the Packers in a Superbowl in a season that the Favre-led Vikings were eliminated from the playoffs shortly after training camp.
And all I can say is…good for you, Packers. This Bears fan will be rooting for you to put a nail in the Favre saga once and for all.