The announcement of Brett Favre’s retirement yesterday came as a shock to most. To me, it came as a relief.
No, I am not going to miss watching him play. He didn’t play for my team. In fact, he played for the biggest rival of my favorite team. And while I respect Favre’s play and never disliked him, you have to understand what it was like to be a Bears fan during his tenure with the Cheeseheads. It wasn’t fun.
Favre’s career record against the Bears was 79-5 (not really). From the time Favre made his first start against Chicago in 1992 until he made his last in 2007, the Bears had 24 different starting quarterbacks, including Peter Tom Willis, Moses Moreno, Henry Burris, and Steve Stenstrom (really).
He once beat the Bears with two broken arms. In 1993, he played an entire game in Soldier Field without a helmet, and threw four touchdowns. On four different occasions against the Packers’ rival, he threw a touchdown pass to himself. And he had sex with my momma.
The guy’s Hall of Fame highlight reel could be made up solely of his 32 career games against the Bears. Here are three games forever burned into my memory as a Bears fan:
3) November 12, 1995–Basically playing on one leg (and enough Vicodin to kill a horse), Favre throws for 336 yards and 5 touchdowns to lead Green Bay to a 35-28 victory in a must-win for the Bears. My team later misses the playoffs by 1 game. Favre’s does not.
2) September 29, 2003–The NFL decides it would be great theatre if the Bears open new Soldier Field on Monday Night Football against the team they’ve beaten once since 1994. The league gets exactly as it deserves–a shitty game–as Favre and the Pack jump out to a 17-0 first quarter lead en route to a 38-23 lead behind 3 Favre touchdown passes.
1) September 11, 1995–I watch from my dorm room, freshman year of college, with about 20 other die-hard Bears fans as our team battles the up-and-coming Packers. The Bears lead until Favre connects with Robert Brooks on a 99-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. After the play, Favre takes off his helmet and runs down the field as if he’s Amy Winehouse and he just saw a crack dealer in the south end zone. Bears lose 27-24.
Sure, the memories were a little better the last few years as the Bears played inspired ball against Favre and Green Bay. But as someone who grew up as a Bears fan and watched almost every Bears-Packers game since 1992, I’m not sad to see him go. One more time, for old times sake…….
……Green Bay sucks, and Brett Favre swallows.