PFT rewind: "Lord Favre should keep his thoughts to himself"

As the on-again, off-again, back-and-forth, will-he-or-won’t-he routine continues yet again regarding quarterback Brett Favre, Tom Curran has pointed out to me an old item from PFT articulating our thoughts as to Favre’s habit of publicly hemming and hawing about his future.

Said a presumably apoplectic Curran via e-mail, “He started this [crap] back in 2002.”

We considered at that point re-posting the item, and then we decided to go ahead and do it in light of the ridiculous new report that Favre is “conflicted.”

He’s not conflicted.  He’s looking to knock down the appearance that he’s barging in on a team that doesn’t want or need him by putting out the word that key players who wear purple are pleading with him to play.  And he wants to be sure that everyone realizes in advance that, if he stinks, the excuse is/will be that his arm still isn’t right.

Regardless of the reason, we’re beyond sick of it.  It’s newsworthy and we have no choice but to cover it.  But the man systematically has squandered much of his legacy without getting in trouble off the field, and without embarrassing himself on it.  

So we’ve copied and pasted below the full text of the item from January 30, 2006, in the days that we were edging dangerously close to beginning to show evidence that we might eventually become a mainstream site.

When we finally reach the mainstream, please let us know.

Here it is . . . . .

We mean no disrespect to Packers quarterback Brett Favre.  But if someone is ever writing a book on how to properly walk away from a high-end career in professional sports, Favre should be consulted for the chapter on how not to do it.

The whole “will he or won’t he?” thing has become an annual issue for several years now — primarily because Brett himself began publicly musing about his future more than three years ago.

Our research reveals that the issue first came up in September 2002, when Favre opened up to Peter King of Sports Illustrated: “I think about retirement a heck of a lot more than I used to. . . . I miss home. I know it’s nuts but Mike Sherman told us today that he was giving us Saturday and Sunday off this week, and the guys were all excited.   All I could think was, I wish I could be on my lawn mower back home.”

Let’s put this in perspective.  In September 2002, Favre was only 32.   No one had any reason to suspect that Favre’s career could be winding down.  Quarterbacks can play at a high level past age 35.  In 2005, Minnesota’s Brad Johnson looked great at 37. 

Since then, the story won’t go away — primarily since Favre won’t quit talking about it.  We can’t recall any other NFL star allowing himself to get sucked into an ongoing dialogue regarding the date, time, and place of his retirement, primarily because most past NFL stars have operated under the unwavering presumption that they will continue to play until they announce that it’s time to leave. 
Dan Marino, to our recollection, didn’t toy with the media for a year or longer before he packed it in.  Ditto for Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, and Steve Young.

The only guy who allowed himself to be pulled into a discussion as to whether he’d be back for another go was John Elway, who pondered the possibility of going out on top after beating Favre’s Packers in the Super Bowl eight years ago — and who then said early in the offseason that he’s coming back for another year.  And who then won another championship before riding off into the sunset.

For Favre, the tease continues.   Days after G.M. Ted Thompson and new coach Mike McCarthy went to Mississippi to kiss Favre’s ring (and his tractor-riding ass), he tells ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that, if a decision were required today, Favre wouldn’t be back.

But since a decision isn’t required today, why is Favre flapping his fangs about it?  What benefit is gained by floating the idea that he won’t be back at a time weeks before a final decision is due?  Hell, why even give the interview so early in the offseason, when memories of a 4-12 record and his worst season as a starter are still raw and fresh?

We sure hope that Favre’s agent, Bus Cook, didn’t cajole Brett into granting the interview request from Mortensen in light of Mort’s glowing article regarding Cook’s next Favre, Jay Cutler of Vanderbilt.  We’re not suggesting that Mort skewed his item in favor of Cutler in order to gain access to Favre, but we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Cook nudged Favre to sit down with Mortensen because Cook felt like he “owed one” to Mort.

Regardless of the motivation, we think that Favre’s best bet is to say nothing at all about his plans until it’s time to announce them.   And even though Brett doesn’t come off as a guy who craves attention, it’s hard not to conclude that lurking at the heart of this daytime drama is a healthy dose of good old-fashioned vanity.

27 responses to “PFT rewind: "Lord Favre should keep his thoughts to himself"

  1. Move along folks nothing new to see here, just the same old bad penny that keeps showing up, come on old man grow a pair and decide already.

  2. Show me one new quote from Favre in this article.
    Favre sells….Florio knows this and gets paid by his sponsors for every hit he gets to his website. I didn’t see one statement from Favre….haven’t seen one for weeks.

  3. I bet you have really hated the hits he has given your site the last 2 months.

  4. What, Favre lies? Just remember who is driving the Bus of this whole fiasco (look no further than to the capitalized word).

  5. “And even though Brett doesn’t come off as a guy who craves attention…”
    Really? You don’t remember the first touchdown in the Super Bowl when he pulled off his helmet and started running around like a cartoon character?
    Or rather, you didn’t remember it two and a half years ago?

  6. Days after G.M. Ted Thompson and new coach Mike McCarthy went to Mississippi to kiss Favre’s ring (and his tractor-riding ass), he tells ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that, if a decision were required today, Favre wouldn’t be back.
    I suppose it’s ironic that Thompson and McCarthy were actually Favre’s enablers.
    Funny how these things turn out, huh?

  7. I think Fav-ruh has some early stage Alzheimer’s or something. You can’t forget that you love the game over and over ad nauseum and have nothing wrong with you.

  8. Sure try covering up your true feelings…………..We know your a Favre fan at heart.

  9. If Adrian Peterson and Jarred Allen are really txt’ing him telling him how much they want him they’re idiots too, but i agree w/ Florio he’s just trying to minipulate the publics perception of him, he loves the good ole’ country boy roll, thats not what he is though, as much as i hate this constant on-off-on-off-on again thing w/ Brett, i am glad that everyone finally gets to see him for what he truly is

  10. Florio writes “….we’re beyond sick of it. ” Not sick enough to keep printing Favre articles on a daily basis.
    My lord, this is probably the most hypocritical thing you have ever written, and that says a lot…

  11. Florio is a NANCY that would never set foot on a football field. He would get LEVELED. What does he know about the sport really? He and his friends were hanging out at school discussing the previous nights Star Trek or Twilight Zone episodes, doing yo-yo tricks poorly, and getting towel snapped by the rest of us.

  12. LISTEN….YOU ALL KEEP BLAMING FAVRE BUT HE ISN’T SAYING ANYTHING! This is all drummed up by the Media Not Favre. I don’t see any quotes in here from Favre… put the blame where it belongs…Florio! haha

  13. So not only are you sick of the Favre wafflin issue, you are so sick you are reprinting an old article on Favre? Amazing…
    Florio writes: “But the man systematically has squandered much of his legacy…”
    Yea- the 3 MVPs, Super Bowl win, all the records, the TD passes (and INTs) are all squandered. Only for those myopic idiots who obsess about such things.

  14. Your ego is out of control, Florio.
    2002? Favre showed his true colors in 2001 when he laid down for Strahan. It was far worse than what Belichick did and almost everyone turned a blind eye just because he’s “a nice guy”.
    “without getting in trouble off the field”? I seem to remember a pill addiction and a stay in rehab. You sure do have a selective memory. Must be nice in that ivory tower.

  15. I don’t know if I’m more sick of Favre’s complete lack of common sense or the media’s constant Favre stories that are mostly about being sick of reporting about Favre. It is such a cop out to say it’s newsworthy so you have to report it. Keep reporting on nothing every day or stop and wait until there is real news. But pleeeease just stop bitching about it.

  16. The other thing here to remember people is that, it is the media that is making a big deal out of all of this…without them, we would see Favre sign or nothing…that’s it that’s all….

  17. this one is for:
    r cunningham who has his head way way way up the Lord Favre’s rectum. he wouldnt know what funny is because he has no imagination and he does not no how to read or count.
    “Days Without a Fart/Favre Meter” is now, again, reset to zero.
    Farted by Mike Florio on July 23, 2009 2:21 PM ET

  18. More Olbermann-ization (or should I say revisionist history) of the news by Mike Florio.
    First Florio’s claim back in Jan/Feb was the Favre must be “faking” his arm injury. Oh yeah, Favre (the iron man of football and having never missed a game) is well known as an injury faker. Do you realize what a preposterous leap that was Florio ???
    Then, a couple weeks ago when Favre said he wanted to make sure his shoulder was “sound” before commiting to the Vikings, Florio THEN leaps to a conclusion that Favre MUST be using that as a “ploy to get more money” from the Queens. Good grief. And these ridiculous leaps of judgement are from a … lawyer ??? Yikes.
    Now, when he still isn’t sure about his shoulder, etc. Tom Curran (yet another liberal at NBC) trots out the 2002 Peter King question and Florio takes it and runs with it the way ole Olbie would. By the way, all King asked Favre was if he ever thought about retiring, and by then Favre had already played 11 seasons in the NFL. Hey Florio, name one NFL player who’s played 11 seasons in the league that has NEVER thought of retirement ??? Bet you can’t name one, and yet, there is where the Olbermann-ization of the news by Florio comes in. Soon Florio will try and claim that THAT is why Atlanta traded him to Green Bay in early ’92.
    Florio: “the man systematically has squandered much of his legacy without getting in trouble off the field, and without embarrassing himself on it.” Why, because he changed his mind and came back last year and may this year too ??? Who’s the person that’s riding this story into the ground on this web site, it’s YOU Olber/Florio. And then you bitch about the fact that you covered it ?? All the while happy at all the extra hits and extra income they bring in. Look up hypocrite in the dictionary Florio and see your picture !.
    As a lifelong Packers fan I don’t want Favre to play for Minnesota any more than any other Packer fan does, but, hey Florio, if the Queens don’t care when Favre makes his decision, why do you ??? Get a life. Seriously.
    Plus, as an added bonus Florio now knows what Favre is thinking too. Bravo Keith, I mean Mike.

  19. Hey, Florio…the fact of the matter is nobody cares if you’re tired of “it” or anybody else is.
    Nobody is “squandering their legacy” here. Did it ever occur to anybody with an ethical bone in their body that maybe – just maybe – Favre is SERIOUS when it comes to how he is analyzing his decision?
    Somebody reported last week that Favre would decide by training camp and then another reported that it would be by Friday of this week (tomorrow). Uh – did Favre explicitly state this?
    Hell, I’m sick and tired of morons being sick and tired that Favre hasn’t enabled them to appear brighter than they might actually be.
    For God’s sakes, you’ll get a decision when Brett Favre is ready. That’s the way he’s always done bidness and it appears to be right on queue.

  20. “We mean no disrespect to Packers quarterback Brett Favre”
    Since when?? really thats the funniest thing I’ve read on this blog in forever!

  21. In regards to the John Elway situation: Elway let the public debate what he was going to do for months before he let them know that he was going to for the 1998 season. But he actually told Shannon Sharpe, former Broncos TE, that he was coming back in the locker room immediately following their win against the Packers in Super Bowl XXXII.
    Don’t believe me?
    Watch the first 5 minutes of “America’s Game: The 1998 Denver Broncos.”

  22. I agree with DePack. These stories are all attributed to “sources” close to Favre. Maybe you should hold the criticism to things that come directly from Favre instead of these so called “sources”. I’m starting to believe half the Favre stories have been made up by sports reporter with nothing else to write about until training camp starts. Getting bored Lord Florio?

  23. If you think these sources aren’t calculated leaks by Favre as part of his PR campaign you haven’t been paying attention for the past 5 or 6 years. His agent, his freinds, his family all have shown they have no problem giving his personal thoughts, plans, Green bay hotel reservations, etc. to the same small group of reporters. It is not a coincidence and they aren’t making it up. It is part of a PR strategy Peter King will return from vacation next week with more stories from those close to Favre.
    Favre loves to play on Sunday. He hates the work that goes into it in the offseason, training camp, etc. He loves to see his name in lights. The Werder story was classic Favre. It got his name in lights ans set the stage for him to show up late for camp.

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