Some Armchair Psychoanalysis


I should probably leave this to Andy, but one thing struck me as I went back and re-read our first post after Brett Favre’s interview with David Letterman.  And it’s consistent with his bizarre need to feel the love from the Packers at every turn.

We now know that when he told David Letterman “something’s bound to happen,” he had already unretired and retired again in his conversations with the Packers.  So, really he should have said, “something happened, and something is bound to happen again.”

It seems to me he was not just being cute or playful, but that he wanted Packer fans and NFL fans to pay attention to him and beg him to come back.  That is, he wanted love and he wanted in public.  I don’t know what accounts for this, but the guy really seems to need public affection.

Anyway, to save you the click, here’s how that post started:

Seriously, is Brett Favre retired? A week or two Andy promised that I’d be making a case here that Brett Favre is really not retired and intends to come back. I never did it. We’d had a conversation in which I took a bunch of data points and strung them together as a hypothesis that Favre was actually coming back. There was a little something there, but really I was joking. He spoke with conviction at his press conference and in a couple of subsequent comments he seemed comfortable with his decision.

In an interview with Peter King earlier this month, Favre said that he was happy being away from football and was not considering a comeback. But when pressed, he said: “I suppose anything could happen.” That prompted King to write: “The reason that quote is not in the lead of this story is because it’s an honest reflection of a man who won’t try to predict the future. Ninety-nine percent of what he said in a 20-minute conversation was very much about football being in the rearview mirror. And he certainly would not want the Packers or any other team to line up, hoping he’d change his mind in August and come in to save a sorry quarterback situation.” I think that was sound journalistic judgment. That comment didn’t reflect the tone of the broader conversation. But might it be the most important thing to have come out of their chat? Maybe. King also wrote that he was 98 percent sure Favre would stay retired after his press conference and only 93 percent certain after their phone call. I’m guessing this was tongue-in-cheek, but the reality is that King had a 20-minute conversation with Favre, almost all of it about Favre being comfortable with his decision to retire, and King came away less convinced than he had been twenty minutes earlier.

So what are we to make of Favre’s comments on Letterman last night. He did not sound like someone who wanted to stay retired.

Then I posted the extended exchange and ended with this.

Maybe Favre is purposely being vague to be funny. And maybe I’m reading too much into his comments because I spend my working life trying to decipher the words of politicians. But everything from his appearance last night suggests that he’s deliberately leaving the door open to a return.

It turns out he was being purposely vague to get some love.


4 Responses to “Some Armchair Psychoanalysis”

  1. anon Says:

    Yep. He’s pretty much a screwup. Whatever….

  2. ebongreen Says:

    I’ll do you a different slant. All the things that have ever been written about Brett talking about him being such a kid at heart?

    That’s where I think the truth of this lies. This indecision – and his demonstrated lack of consistency and responsibility for making and keeping his decision – say volumes to me about his lack of post-football maturity. All he really knows is playing football, and doing anything else is both kinda scary (“what if I’m not good at it?”) and lacks the adrenaline rush of the gridiron.

    He wants to win and be the best, but he doesn’t seem emotionally prepared for life after pro football. He’s a coach’s kid and some part of him never grew up – but he can’t play forever. He wants to be Peter Pan at quarterback, and that ain’t gonna happen.

  3. sfhayes Says:

    That’s good. He was a kid on the field and he’s a kid off of it.

  4. anon Says:

    So could we give him some props for that please? Aren’t a lot of us that in some ways?

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