It is the end of an era. Brett Favre will not return to the Packers this year. And hearts are breaking. For the last 16 years Brett Favre WAS the Packers. He had become a symbol of our state, a part of us. I know it sounds silly. But it is true.
Before Favre I would tell someone I was from Wisconsin and I would hear, "Do you own any cows?" After Favre it was always, "I love the Packers!" He brought pride to our little state. He symbolized all we hold dear. Hard work, determination, toughness, loyalty, fortitude, family, charity, teamwork, responsibility, and so much more. He was more than a football player. He was someone your kids could look up to.
There were many opportunities for Brett to leave the Packers and make two or three times the amount of money somewhere else. But he never did. He stuck with us and we stuck with him. Through 277 consecutive games. Through drug addiction, a broken thumb, the death of his father, and his wife's breast cancer, he still played on. Loving the game. Playing for the sport, the fans, the team. And we are grateful.
Thank you, Brett Favre.