A small cheer has gone up throughout Wisconsin as there are finally reports that Brett Favre has informed the Minnesota Vikings and Brad Childress that he plans to stay retired.
As a Packer fan myself, I didn’t really care. I just wanted the drama to be over. If he was a Viking, he didn’t particularly scare me at this point. If this report is true and holds, then the damage done to his legacy will be relatively minimal in my opinion.
I first suspected this would be the decision when a video was released this morning of Brad Childress walking into his office in Eden Prarie, MN at 7 a.m. Seeing as no one thought he was flying down to Mississippi until yesterday afternoon, I was guessing the trip didn’t happen. It is not likely for him to fly down, grab a bite to eat and fly back two hours later. According to the post above, a phone conversation was held yesterday and Favre expressed his interest to remain retired. Probably he’s more interested in playing slots like many others these days as the new online Playtech casino software really delivers a great time between the walls.
The decision may have been because one of four things in my estimation:
– Childress was emphatic that he would require full off-season program participation.
– Favre’s arm just isn’t healthy enough and won’t be or he doesn’t want surgery
– Favre realized what he was doing to his (once) good name and wanted to stop
– The drive simply isn’t there to enter a new setting, etc… after all, he was a total recluse in New York.
My guess is it was a combination of some or all of the above. But as always, take this report and news with a grain of salt because he may have a contract signed tomorrow.
Favre Update (It sucks, but it’s something football related)
In the story related to the man who seemingly won’t go away (even though everyone wants him to, but still has fun watching him play, even if it means John Madden will un-retire – a theory of mine) the Minnesota Vikings are still “interested” in Brett Favre. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4158367
While Favre may hold all of the passing records, even more impressive is his ability to create drama in the post-draft, pre-training camp period of football.
Personally, I think he needs to go away. His right arm clearly isn’t the same as it was in 2007 when he led Green Bay to the NFC Championship Game. His play clearly dropped off at the end of 2008 as the Jets went from 8-3 to missing the playoffs, laregely in part due to inconsistent play from Brett Favre (and somewhat due to Eric Mangini’s change to a more conservative defense).
My question to Brett would be this: What more do you have to play for? The only major passing record you don’t have is the single season yards mark, which you won’t get with your arm in the shape it is. You’ve got a Super Bowl ring, the consecutive starts streak, and you’re the only player who could make John Madden spontaneously combust if you played yourself in an 11-on-11 football game. People won’t care that your last play left you looking like the picture above (thank you Yeremiah Bell).
People will remember the crazy scrambles, the cannon throws, the sprint down the field during the Super Bowl, the Monday night game against Oakland, and the class you played the game with. Leave the media circus to T.O. and ride into the sunset. You’ve done everything and more that a QB could want to accomplish. You’ve done things that Marino, Elway, Montana, and Unitas couldn’t, and things that Manning, Brady, Roethlisberger, and McNabb won’t. Again, what more could you possibly play for?