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A Legend Walks Away: Brett Favre Retires

In what came as a shock to NFL fans, the Green Bay Packers QB has called it quits.

The Mississippi gunslinger said in a voicemail to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, “I know I can still play, but it’s like I told my wife, I’m just tired mentally. I’m just tired.”

The three-time MVP ruined my 13th birthday after beating the Patriots 35-21 in Super Bowl XXXI. He is the all-time NFL leader for passing TDs (442), passing yards (61,655), and wins by a starting QB (160) and interceptions (288). He also holds the record for most consecutive starts among NFL quarterbacks (253, 275 total starts including playoffs).

It’s said that the Packers losing out on Patriots WR Randy Moss has caused Brett to retire. This is the second time that the Packers lost out on Randy Moss to the Pats. It might have been more than Favre could bear.

My take: I think that for the next 48 hours or so, we will revere Brett and the legend he has become. But the truth is, I still think he will play, for the Packers, next season. Why? I think his decision to retire is out of reaction to losing out on Randy Moss. You’re telling me if last night we broke the story that the Packers signed WR Randy Moss to a 3-year, $30 million deal that today I would be reporting the retirement of Brett Favre? ABSOLUTELY NOT.

Brett’s agent has even been quoted as saying that he will play next season. So I think after Brett calms down and comes back to the realization that he has young and capable playmakers on offense such as Greg Jennings, James Jones and Ryan Grant, he will reconsider and come back to the Pack. Stay tuned with this one, it might turn out to be the same Brett sagas we’ve become accustom to hearing about right on up to Training Camp time.

If he does truly walk away, he will have ended his career with an overtime interception to Giants CB Corey Webster which set up the Giants’ winning field goal that took them to the Super Bowl. This is one guy who is definitely respected by any NFL fan, regardless of which team they like. What’s your reaction to the Favre retirement?

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6 comments for “A Legend Walks Away: Brett Favre Retires”

  1. I hope you’re right & he does come back. Ending his career with an interception is no way for a legend to go out. I said all last season that I wanted a Pats/Packers Super Bowl re-match. I still want it and I want Favre to be there. I’ve always resenting the Packers for beating us, but there’s no denying that Brett is amazing and he shouldn’t go out like this.

    Posted by Jennifer | March 4, 2008, 1:33 pm
  2. I hate Brett Favre. Most overrated QB of the era in my mind. He loved the game yes and his consecutive games played streak is impressive, but he’s not in the top 5 QBs of all time. The guy won just one Super Bowl and only made it there a couple times. Everyone loves him because he’s a gunslinger or what have you but he single handedly blew the game against the Giants in the playoffs and pretty much got a free pass in the media. Siyonara.

    Posted by Jeff | March 4, 2008, 2:07 pm
  3. Ditto Jeff
    I have always been amazed at the free pass this guy got from the media although his likeability is probably the reason why.
    No longer will I have to watch a Packers game and hear BFs name repeated adnausium.
    Goodbye Brett Favre, Brett Favre, Brett Favre……..!

    Posted by TC | March 4, 2008, 2:46 pm
  4. It’s an end of an era. I’m glad to see Favre walk away from the game on his own. I was afraid that he would only retire after a career-ending injury. While Favre made his fair share of stupid mistakes, I’m sure everyone would love to have a quarterback like him on their team.

    In other news, I have no idea who I’m going to draft at QB in fantasy football!!

    Posted by Dave | March 4, 2008, 11:11 pm
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