Thursday, January 01, 2009

Brett: this is why you should never have gone to NY

Ouch! As if it wasn't bad enough for Ol' #4 that he has been getting slammed by the New York media since the Jet's demise this last weekend, his so-called teammates are also letting it fly, so to speak.

You may recall hearing earlier this week that safety Kerry Rhodes basically called Brett out, saying that if he commits to playing with the Jets for next season, he better show that commitment. You know, doing the stuff Brett really didn't have to do his last few years in Green Bay. Things like working out with the team in the offseason, attending the mini-camps, and so on. About Favre, Rhodes said flatly, "But don't come back if it's going to be half-hearted or he doesn't want to put the time in with us."

I ask you: where's the love, man?

But it gets worse. Now, Jets RB Thomas Jones is criticizing Favre's performance in the final game. Jones said in so many words that Brett deserved to be benched because of his poor play. Jones is quoted in an article posted at ESPN's website as having told a New York radio station, "If somebody is not playing well, they need to come out of the game." He said much more than that, too.

The ESPN article also quotes an anonymous Jets player who spoke to Newsday and described Brett as a "distant" teammate. According to this player, when Brett was at the Jets' practice facility he spent his down time away from teammates in an office specially designated for him. "There was a lot of resentment in the room about him. He never socialized with us, never went to dinner with anyone," this player is quoted as telling Newsday.

Again, I ask: where's the love?

Apparently, not in New York.

If Brett thinks he'll have it better in New York next season after all this stuff is being said by his "teammates" he really needs to re-think that whole scenario.

I wonder if Brett sometimes might think that going out in a final career game -- in the NFC Championship Game -- is a heckuva lot better than not making the playoffs and then getting ripped by a bunch of guys who didn't care about you and who you didn't care about either.

Imagine what you had, Brett. Now look at what you've got. Is this really how you wanted it all to end?

Retire, you should have done the first time around when you said you would last Spring. Come back home to Green Bay where you know you belong and where you will always get the love of the fans. In New York, as they say, fugetaboutit.

If you want to read the ESPN report, you can do so here.