The End of an Era, Finally: Brett Favre Announces Retirement

Satchel PageCorrespondent IFebruary 11, 2009

Could this day have possibly come?  Have we really and truly come to the end of an era?  Has the great Brett Favre hung up his cleats?  For good?

Today (Feb. 11), marks the end of a legendary football career, as Brett Luscious Favre announced-for the 5th time-that he is ending his 18-year career and is retiring from the NFL.

The NFL's all-time leader in almost all major quarterback statistics made the announcement via his agent this morning, stating that he feels that he is not able to perform at a high enough level to compete.

In short, Favre was a legend. How much so? He broke the Madden Curse. The career leader in completions, attempts, yards, touchdowns, and most important, wins,  Favre not only brought tremendous skill to the game, but he also made the game fun to watch. 

His on-the-field antics (carrying teammates over his shoulders, patting opponents on the butt after sacks, celebrating every touchdown as if it were his first and only) are just as memorable as his laser passes.

For all football purposes, Favre was a true ambassador of the game, one of the chosen few who did exactly what they were put on this planet to do.

Favre was also a primma dona. Like most quarterbacks Favre loved the spotlight.  The last three off-seasons centered around Favre teeter-tottering about whether he would play another year or hang it up. Last offseason was a complete circus, with Favre retiring in March, then announcing his return in July just before training camp was to begin. 

And every time Favre was swayed one way or another, there was no short of 50 reporters there to get the scoop.

Some can justifiably argue that the trade of Favre to the Jets might have set the franchise back a couple of years, losing two-time comeback player of the year, Chad Pennington, all for one sub-Favre 9-7 season, that saw the Jets outside of the playoffs, Pennington and the Dolphins winning the AFC East, and the eventual firing of coach Eric Mangini.

Favre is what makes today's athlete special. He was all of these things. A second round pick by the Atlanta Falcons in 1991, Favre was regulated to scrap play in his early years, traded to the Packers the following year. He became a starter because of an injury to the magic man, Don Majkowski. 

In those years, Favre was known more for his alcohol and pain killer abuse than his laser passes.  Since recovering from those struggles, Favre proved to be a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback, a great teammate, a model husband and father, as well as an ambassador for his home state, Mississippi. 

Favre was very complex, which makes it all the more enjoyable to root for him (even me) because he was human. A human with super human athletic ability.  Through Favre, you lived all the joys, pains, greatness, and defeat in your own life.

Everyone has their own personal Favre story.  For me, it was watching him on Monday night against the Raiders a day after his father died.  Favre torched the secondary for 399 yards and four touchdowns en route to a 41-7 victory.

So now the floor's open. What's your favorite Brett Favre story?