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Feb
09

On Brett Favre’s (Second) Retirement

When Brett Favre announced his retirement in the spring of 2008, he was without question one of the best quarterbacks to have ever lived and probably the most outstanding human being to grace an NFL field. Since then, however, his actions have shocked and confused me to no end.

Since he became the Green Bay Packers’ starting quarterback in 1992, no one started behind center for them until his initial retirement from football. It broke my heart to see him in anything but the Packers’ green and gold – and I’m not even a Green Bay fan. Cheeseheads everywhere mourned when their leader for 16 NFL seasons put on a New York Jets jersey. I imagine that’s how Bulls fans felt when Michael Jordan went and played for the Washington Wizards after being the face of their franchise and the city of Chicago for six championships and almost 15 years.

Sure, Favre still had the best arm in the game – the strongest and the most accurate – but he had to learn a new scheme. He had to learn his new receivers’ tendencies and his offensive linemen’s strengths and weaknesses. He had to get to know a new coach, a new front office staff, a new city. Needless to say he struggled in handling all of these tasks, and there’s no shame in that. It takes rookie quarterbacks years to get a scheme down and their usually 20 years younger than Favre. One thing about Favre is that his heart was always in it. He never stopped giving 100% on the field, in the weight room, or in the locker room as a leader. I just wish his heart would have stayed where it belonged; with the Packers.

The problem with these kinds of athletes is they don’t know when to get out and stay out. Nothing more could be done to enhance their legacy. Favre may not have had all the records that he has now – most touchdown passes, most passing yards, most passing completions, most consecutive starts by a quarterback, most victories as a starting quarterback, among others – but if he got out at the end of thee 2008 season when he said he would, he would have left with one very important thing; dignity.

That being said, there has never been a more likable athlete in all of sports than Brett Favre. He played for love of the game his entire career and it showed. His boyish charm and effortless smile will forever be thought of when his name is spoken from New York to Green Bay to Los Angeles. The only problem is now after his name is spoken and his face appears in your mind, whether it be the youthful face of the 90’s or the older scruffy face of the 2000’s, what team’s uniform is he wearing?

It should be a Green Bay Packers jersey. It should have always been a Green Bay Packers jersey.

A.Martin

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1 Response to “On Brett Favre’s (Second) Retirement”


  1. March 8, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Well I think he’s done for good this time. Its sad that it all ended this way, I have been a fan since I was just a little kid, he was my hero.


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