Brett Favre Rides Into the Sunset...With a Damaged Legacy?

Micah GreenCorrespondent IFebruary 11, 2009

He holds records for most consecutive starts, most TD passes, most completions, most passing yards, and most importantly wins. Brett Favre is one of the greats. None can look at these numbers and deny it, but it seems as if in these last segments in Brett's career...the numbers and legacy have lost something special. They don't shine like they used to.

Brett Favre has one of the great football stories of our time. He got offered only one scholarship, and that was to Southern Mississippi. He started his freshman year as the seventh string quarterback. He came into the third game of the season and led them to a comeback victory (he had a hangover that morning) and got the starting job.

He got drafted in the second round of the draft by the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons traded him to the Green Bay Packers because of his "lack of hard work." That proved to be a mistake. The rest is history. He went on to set all those records and win many awards including the Lombardi trophy in Super Bowl XXXl.

Sixteen years he invested and gave to the Packers. He put so much work to gain what he deserved...a great legacy. On March 4, 2008, Brett announced his retirement. The football world had lost a great player and legend. On July 2, that changed. Brett Favre wanted to come back, but the Packers didn't want him. A nasty feud followed this turn of events. After a long fought battle Brett got traded to the New York Jets.

New York accepted Brett with open arms. In the beginning it seemed to good to be true. They were considered the best team in the AFC and beat the Tennessee Titans (the only team that was undefeated). Then Brett got hurt for the final five games. They lost four of those last five. It was one of the worst sports collapses in history.

Today Brett Favre leaves the game, it would seem, for good. How do you see him?  A Legend? Or Selfish? Please give your opinion. Either way I believe we will all remember Brett Favre.