So Brett Favre is above all other National Football League players, looking down from his lofty perch at that top?
Why do I say that?
When was the last time NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told a team to do something with a disgruntled player?
That's what Favre has become, like it or not. He's trying to be bigger than the game, trying to force the Green Bay Packers to let him go after playing his retirement badminton game the past four months.
The Packers have said they will welcome him back -- if he wants back, but only as a backup.
Is that any different than the end of other great careers? It's a cruel business this NFL, one that can turn a quarterback icon into a clipboard holder in a couple of months.
It's the Packers decision to make on Favre. Not Goodell's. If they want to keep Favre as a backup, so be it.
There are a 100 backups in situations they might not like who would love to have Goodell intervene on their behalf, players, like Favre, who have contract obligations.
I respect Goodell greatly. I think he's been good for the league. But if he's pushing the Packers to trade or release Favre, I think he's overstepping his powers.
That's a team decision.
Not a league-office decision.
When you boil it down to the basics, and sift through the Favre love-fest we've witnessed over the years, he's still just an NFL player, nothing more, if he wants to come back.
Deal with it, Brett. You're a backup in Green Bay.
Having the commissioner intervene isn't good for the league. Can't you see it now?
Player: Hey, commish. Any chance you can talk to my coach about getting more playing time? Any chance you can get me traded?
Goodell: Is your name Favre? Uh, can't do it.
Nobody is bigger than the game. Let's keep it that way.