Newsflash to Brett Favre: Stay Retired

Mark StankiewiczContributor IMay 15, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 28:  Brett Favre #4 of The New York Jets looks to pass against The Miami Dolphins during their game on December 28, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

As a fan of the Green Bay Packers since as long as my memory can jog, there are several things that I have lived through. From Desmond Howard dancing into the end zone in the Super Bowl against the Patriots, to Mark Chmura being incapable of catching a Brett Favre pass on 4th down to lose the Super Bowl to the Broncos, to Favre's last ever pass in the green and gold.

That pass was an interception against the Giants, something Brett Favre is quite familiar with in his career. A quarterback with more pride and fire than any other player in most people's minds, Favre couldn't go out this way, right? Holding back tears, Favre said goodbye to football two years ago.

His epic speech, which even brought tears to my eyes, was something for any fan of the National Football League to appreciate. When he announced he would be returning to football, nobody thought he would end up anywhere but in Wisconsin.

After becoming a Jet, Favre let go of a legacy in Green Bay and attempted to make himself a new image in the Big Apple. After a less-than-impressive season in New York, Favre decided to be released from the Jets and "retire" again.

With chatter, and massive amounts of media coverage, surrounding the possibility of a return to Minnesota, it makes fans ask "Why?" Not only are people asking why is he coming back, but they are also asking why we should care. The answer is simple, we shouldn't. I have Favre jerseys, a Packers jersey, and even a Jets jersey.

He is by far my favorite player of all time without any close competition at all. I have, however, become irritated with the actions he has taken over the past few years. I do not believe he should have retired in the first place, and coming back once was a stretch.

Coming back a second time should not even be a question. With an injured arm and hair becoming lighter than the sun, Favre needs to save whatever legacy he has not already given up.

Thank you, Brett Favre, for giving me the memories of you that I have. I just ask one time, please stay retired. Your fans will appreciate you either way, but to what extent you will be respected will be partially based on your decision within the next few weeks.