Really, who ever would have thought that Brett Favre – our beloved three-time MVP, Saint Brett – was really a classless, childish jerk?
FoxSports.com's Jay Glazer reported on Sunday that Favre spent more than an hour talking to the Lions and sharing intricacies about the Packers' offense before the Week 2 game at Detroit.
If that bombshell is true – and given how out-front Glazer was throughout the Favre saga that gripped the sporting world during the weeks before training camp, it's reasonable to presume the report is accurate – it speaks volumes about Favre's bitterness toward the Packers. You might excuse him for that. Favre gave Green Bay merely 16 fabulous, unforgettable seasons. But, while what he allegedly did doesn't break any rules, sticking his nose in a game that doesn't impact him or his new team simply stinks.
Just ask Packers cornerback Charles Woodson, who was one of Favre's friends in Green Bay.
"If he sought out the Lions, there's no respecting that, to me," Woodson said.
Woodson, who didn't leave the Raiders under the best of circumstances when he signed with Green Bay as a free agent before the 2006 season, was asked if he would ever consider doing something like that.
"Why? Why would I go out of my way? From the interviews, it was the right decision for him. So, why look to the past and why feel like you have to take your old team down?" Woodson said before using a touch of sarcasm. "We all have to move forward, and obviously he thinks about us, and that's a good thing."
If the Packers were preparing to play the Jets, then Favre's behavior wouldn't have just been justified, it would have been expected. But heading into Week 2, shouldn't Favre have been more worried about things like, you know, learning his new team's playbook, instead of trying to, in Woodson's terms, "sabotage" his old team? And if he had so much free time, couldn't he have taken a few minutes to wish Aaron Rodgers luck with his sore shoulder?
Packers coach Mike McCarthy called the report "disappointing," before catching himself and saying he had nothing to say on the subject.
Reporters stunningly never broached the topic with Favre following the Jets' loss at Oakland, in which Favre threw no touchdown passes, two interceptions and was sacked three times. Favre text-messaged Sports Illustrated's Peter King, calling the report "Total B.S."
You have to wonder what Favre's dad, Irvin, would have thought of this. Irv was an old-school, hard-nosed high school football coach, and while he probably would have sympathized with Favre's feelings about his old team, he probably would have kicked his son in the rear and told him to grow up. Life is tough. Get over it.
Then again, maybe Big Irv wouldn't have sympathized with his son. Let's remember that the impetus behind the Favre-Packers divorce was Favre's decision to retire. When he had second thoughts a few weeks later, the Packers were open to the idea, only for Favre to say, no, he was happy in retirement.
If Irv would have been around, he might have reminded his son that Favre's belated desire to play again for the Packers was unfair to the team, which rightly had moved on without the iconic quarterback. Irv, being a coach, after all, would have reminded Brett that no player is bigger than the team, yet his son was expecting the team to push aside months of offseason workouts and two valuable draft picks to accommodate his whims.
Instead, without the guiding hand of his father, Favre and his surrogates dirtied the Packers at every turn by taking their case public. That never would have happened had Irv been around. He wouldn't have stood for fluff pieces with Greta Van Susteren, or his family members and associates being unnamed sources.
At some point, the humble country boy that Packers Nation grew to revere had developed a king-sized ego and sense of entitlement.
"I know he's been the greatest player around here for a long time, but there's no honor in that," Woodson said.
In the end, the Packers moved on without Favre. It's unfortunate the legend apparently is unable to do the same.
Bill Huber is editor of Packer Report magazine and PackerReport.com. E-mail him at email@example.com