Numerous stories this evening across the wires are reporting that Green Bay Packers legend Brett Favre has been traded to the New York Jets for a future conditional draft pick. Favre, who had returned to his Hattiesburg home following his mini-circus attempt at Packers training camp, will now be wearing a green of a different shade for Eric Mangini’s Jets. This trade also creates a significant logjam at the QB position for the Jets, a likely sign that Kellen Clemens will have finally outlasted Chad Pennington.
Never in anyone’s wildest dreams could this situation have been in the equation mere months ago when Favre provided his tearful goodbye. Sure, we had seen the waffling before, but this absolutely became out of control. Favre becomes a significant star for a team playing second fiddle to their stadium counterparts as no. 4 moves from the smallest to largest media market.
For football fans, this trade will look as weird as Jerry Rice did in a Denver Broncos uniform or Emmitt Smith in a Cardinals uniform. For the sports fan, this is Michael Jordan playing for the Wizards/White Sox or Ray Bourque playing for the Avalanche. Green Bay Packers fans will still wear their Favre jerseys to training camp and will eat at his steakhouse in town. His statue will eventually grace the Lambeau concourse and Favre will yet again shed tears for the fans. For a community that embraced this Mississippian as one of their own, this latest act finally sends the circus out of town.