Sunday, November 10, 2013

Packers general manager Ted Thompson describes Brett Favre leaving Green Bay as a 'car wreck'


In the summer of 2008, Brett Favre and the Green Packers found themselves in a precarious position, as Favre wanted to return to the team after announcing his retirement months earlier, while the Packers were ready to move on without him in favor of Aaron Rodgers.

The situation eventually turned into a messy one. Favre claimed the Packers pressured him into retiring and urged the franchise to grant him his unconditional release so that he could play for another team. General manager Ted Thompson refused to do so, igniting even more negative publicity, before Green Bay eventually traded the quarterback to the New York Jets in August.

In a recent interview with USA Today, Thompson was asked whether the Favre ordeal was the toughest thing he has gone through as a general manager, which Thompson said yes and called it "one of those car wrecks."

I think so, because it tore at the fabric of the place – through no fault of anybody. I don't think it was the fault of us. I don't think it was the fault of Brett. It just was one of those car wrecks that you could see coming, but it wasn't like you could dodge. It just happened. That was a shame.

Thompson also added the following:

Sometimes, it's better for someone to go somewhere else. It doesn't make them a bad guy. It doesn't necessarily make us a bad guy. But you have to make those hard decisions. That's the hardest part, is when you have a player that has played for you and has done a good job for you, but for whatever reason, you think it's time to part ways. That's like telling a family member goodbye.

The Packers did say good bye to Favre in 2008. The Mississippi native spent one year with the Jets before finishing his NFL career for good by serving two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings in 2009-10. Unfortunately, Favre's decision to leave Green Bay probably did more harm than good, as he didn't receive the results he would have liked, and definitely did at least a little damage to his Packers legacy.

1 comment:

  1. To say Favre did "some damage to his legacy" is a gross understatement. Between that and his earlier abuse of painkillers, etc., he showed his true colors and poisoned the love many Packer fans had for him. I was a Favre fan, no more.....he basically spit on what the Packer organization and fans did for him in terms of support and patience over the years and thought only of himself. I was glad that his stints in New York and Minnesota were largely nondescript......he did essentially nothing for either team. He just took their money and went home.