Favre “retirement” clock ticking. And only 3 years too late.

I used to be a big fan of Brett Favre. For me, the turning point came when he held the Packers hostage with the first of his 46 retirement decisions and how he treated his successor, Aaron Rodgers. If Favre was truly a team player and truly cared about the organization, city and fanbase that was so good to him, he would have looked forward to mentoring someone who has, on his own, become an elite QB.

But he didn’t, and showed for the first of many times over the next 4 years, what a selfish entitled prick he is. His Packers went to the NFC Championship Game, only to see him go “three and out” on every fourth quarter possession and throw an INT in overtime. After the Packers waited for him for months and months, only to move forward without him, he signed with the Jets – a team already on the rise that went 8-3 before Favre suffered an injury that clearly hurt the team’s chances and leaving them to lose 4 of their last 5 games, missing the playoffs. Instead of doing right by the team, Favre continued to play and threw 8 interceptions and only 2 TDs in the last 5 games.

But that wasn’t enough for him. Picking another team on the rise, the Minnesota Vikings, Favre “swooped in” after having surgery and deciding not to play in training camp, Favre somehow had the best statistical season of his career and stayed healthy for the entire season. And no, I bet that steroids had absolutely NOTHING to do with his career year at age 40. Once again, after the already-stacked Vikings made it to the NFC Championship Game, Favre threw an ill advised interception and cost his team the season.


So this year, when the pattern continued and Favre got off to a bad start along with his 1-3 Vikings, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop and have something conveniently have him call it quits. The embarrassment of his sex scandal (“I don’t do ‘old’” said Stergers), the sudden “elbow tendonitis (insert masturbation joke here) and the prospects of a lost season is tailor made for Favre to start to complain suddenly about his ailments and find a reason to retire before season’s end – in typical selfish “me before team” fashion.

And while he does legitimately have a bad injury now with his foot, this was something that you could have predicted weeks ago. No training camp, a selfish attitude, poor decisions that will ultimately catch up with his team, an aging body and a losing team will make it so that Favre slowly stops showing up at practices, then at games as he may ultimately be “deactivated” and then “retirement”.

Even though he quit on his team weeks ago.

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  1. Posted October 26, 2010 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    We’re at the stage of his life where we’re beginning to see stress and insecurity revealing things about the man that we never saw before. I mean, NONE of us likes the idea of getting older and losing a handle on the thing that has always made us special, but with luck we’ve been cultivating other strengths and some personal character to usher us gracefully into adulthood. Not so with Brett. He now realizes that nobody’s going to be looking at him anymore and he isn’t taking it well.

    Brett needs attention, and I shudder to think where he goes from here.

    Nice take.

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