On Wednesday, Brett Favre jumped all over the media coverage of his retirement, proclaiming that the media overstepped its boundaries during the summer while Favre chose whether or not to step onto the field in 2010.
In an interview with on Sirius NFL Radio, Favre chastised the media outlets that have painted him as an attention seeker who dragged out his retirement decisions in order to garner media attention, saying:
“First and foremost, today’s game, today’s society, it’s a media frenzy world and nothing goes untouched or un-talked about. I quietly — I thought quietly — this off-season tried to make my decision. I had surgery. Of course, once we got months before camp the media started camping out at the gate. I never asked them to come. I never asked them to talk about it.”
Well, perhaps Brett isn’t entirely to blame for becoming the sports media’s annual equivalent to Groundhog Day, but then again, Favre isn’t necessarily innocent in the matter either.
Year in and year out, since 2007 when Favre chose to come out of retirement for the Packers, it has been the same story. Favre cannot commit to a decision when it comes to hanging up his cleats for good, and that’s his prerogative. Still, Favre could make it easier on himself by stating free and clear at the end of each season that he intends to approach the off-season as if he is returning to football the next year. No more of this, “I’m going to sit down and weigh my choices” shenanigans, Favre just needs to man up and say that until he clearly says otherwise, he is playing football.
By saying nothing, or by saying that he has not yet made a decision, Favre invites the media speculation and attention. His decision to not provide a clear choice asks for the Chris Berman’s and the John Clayton’s to constantly ponder if he is returning or not. Brett himself has made commercials for Sears celebrating his now famous indecisiveness, so he has absolutely no ground to stand on when saying that he doesn’t want the attention focused on him.
Favre feeds off of having the ticker updates on ESPN flash by with the latest sighting letting sports fans know if he saw his shadow or not. Otherwise, Favre would put a stop to it during the off-season. Instead, he only stands up and proclaims his case when it’s a moot point.
And that’s not being a man. That’s just kicking a dead horse.
Brett Favre Lashes Out At Media Coverage…, USAToday.com