Posted By BrokenClaw on August 6, 2008
I am totally burned out on the Brett Favre story. Actually, I was burned out on the second day of the story. After a week, my feeling was like, Just shut up! Every time I turned on the sports news, there was Brett. ESPN even created a FAVRE category for their news crawler. I’m sure I’m not alone in this attitude, but I have purposely avoided reading other commentary.
Brett is the one who quit on his team. He’s the one who said last March that he was retiring. He’s the one who forced the Packers to make plans for the new season. He’s the one who left his teammates hanging out to dry. There’s no denying his history, ability, and career as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, but he’s the one who put the Packers in this situation, not the other way around.
Yes, it’s quite possible that he can play another year or two or five and be a premier QB like he was last season. But it’s also possible that he could stumble out of the blocks, never recapture the magic, and quickly lose interest. Just like he did at the end of last year when he retired!
I heard one sportscaster compare Favre to Barry Sanders. He facetiously wondered if the Lions would have turned away Sanders had he decided to come back after he announced his retirement. Of course they would have welcomed him back with open arms. But, by all accounts, Sanders was still in the prime years of his career when he unexpectedly retired. Favre is well on the downside of a QB’s career.
As of today, the BF saga continues, but it looks like his only chance to return to the NFL is with another team. There are many examples of star athletes who insist on continuing their career after the glory years, and end up on other teams. But no one remembers Willie Mays playing his last year for the Mets, or Johnny Unitas going to the Chargers, or Joe Namath in a Rams uniform, or Michael Jordan playing for the Wizards. It’s difficult for athletes to give it up when they know they can still play. I get that. If another team wants to pay them, so be it, I don’t care.
But don’t announce your retirement, Brett, and then try to make yourself out to be the victim. Nothing personal, Brett, but you’re the one who quit.
At this point, my feeling on the BF story is like the way I felt during the MLB strike and the NFL strike. Just tell me when it’s over. I don’t care to listen to the he said, she said. My only hope is that, when Favre retires again, the same sportscasters who are covering the story now, call Brett every day and ask him if he’s going to stay retired. Call him every stinkin’ day until the next NFL season. Then the sports news can report every day that BF is still retired.
On a related note, Abe Vigoda is still alive.