Sydney Speaks! Fans should stop being selfish

Former Packers fullback and assistant coach Harry Sydney urges Packers fans to back off a little bit on Brett Favre. The future Hall of Famer has given Green Bay fans plenty to be thankful for over the years, so we should all allow him the privilege to do what he wants with his life and not guilt him into returning to Green Bay.

Ever since the Packers started losing last year the question has been: Will this be Brett Favre's last season? People like myself and others have written many articles based on what we thought. The fans have voiced their opinions, and many have linked their loyalty to the Packers only if Brett comes back. Do you think that's too much pressure on one man?

Brett Favre has done everything for the Packers organization. No, he has done more than anyone could have ever expected. To be the only starting quarterback for the team since he cracked the lineup in 1992 is unheard of in today's modern sports. Not only that but to have gone to two Super Bowls and become MVP of the NFL for three years surpasses anything any fan could have ever imagined from the living legend. His statistics say it all, and over the past years we have seen him make throws that not many quarterbacks would attempt to make, let alone have any success in the process.

We have watched over the years a player go from a rookie with no clue on how to be a player in the NFL to a superstar. He was wet behind the ears and didn't know how to be a professional athlete let alone how to sacrifice and develop work ethic. Remember the early years? The price he paid to get where he is now? He had different problems that we all watched. We shared and embraced him because he let us be part of the recovery process that made him seem human to all of us. Even though he was a "superstar" he wore the jersey of the Green Bay Packers and our loyalty to him as a fan was matched with his loyalty to us. I'm not sure how many times he has restructured his contract, but it didn't matter to him because it was about taking care of the Packers and the love he has had for the city and the fans. I believe this love affair is getting in the way of him being able to do what might be in his heart because he doesn't want to let any of his fans down.

He doesn't want to let those that have screamed "ONE MORE YEAR!" down. He has been the icon, the ambassador, the player the fans could always count on and say "WE HAVE BRETT." He's really the last of the old school guys that play the game because they love it and you know that because he's thinking about walking away from $10 million a year and the opportunity to get closer to more records. Trust me, all great athletes even though they might not want to acknowledge it know where they stand in history. But if he doesn't, we the fans do and want to say our guy was the best.

Can you see as a fan the pressure Favre might be feeling? He doesn't want to let anyone down. Look how much he and his wife have helped this country be a better place. His foundations have contributed so much to Green Bay and its surrounding area. His generosity has been unmatched. Whether that would stop, who knows, but if it does it surely would be missed wouldn't it?

Brett Favre probably has never quit anything in his life and is battling with that right now. If you heard him in the interview with ESPN he talked about how he's not sure if he has it in his heart anymore. For great competitors the heart is what separates them from the rest. Because the heart tells the head to keep going when you're tired and don't want to go anymore, but it has to be his heart not ours. We must give him permission to ride on into the sunset and play golf or ride his tractor, or just be father, son, and husband if he desires to do so. If he choices to be just a dad or husband he has earned that right. As a fan we must just say it was one heck of a ride and just say THANK YOU for allowing us to be part of it. Understand all good things must come to an end and that end needs to be his choice.

So saying all that let's take the pressure off show our loyalty by trusting that he knows what he is doing, and let's not blame anyone if he decides to retire from the game. What more do you want from him? He has given us the fans everything from moments we can't forget to moments we want to forget. We've cried with him, laughed with him, we've felt his pain, we've won with him and we've lost with him. We all have been part of his journey because we were lucky to be part of his era. He has given us so much and now it's time to give him something back, and that's his freedom. So fans, "Let's Not Be SELFISH." Let him go and be thankful we got to be part of it all!!!!!!!!!!

Harry Sydney

Editor's note: Harry Sydney is a former fullback and assistant coach for the Green Bay Packers. If you have a question for Harry, e-mail it to managing editor Todd Korth at, and he will forward it to him.

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