I read what Fran Tarkenton had to say about Brett Favre. The next day, I listened to a very entertaining discussion between Tarkenton and Paul Allen, a radio host for a sports talk radio station in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, and the radio announcer for the Vikings.
Paul Allen was listening intently to Tarkenton, respectfully disagreeing with some things, and agreeing with others. But one comment Tarkenton made turned the discussion into an argument.
Tarkenton simply said that Favre couldn't play a full season anymore. Allen's rebuttal was that in the first 11 weeks of last year, there were few better quarterbacks than Favre.
After Tarkenton reminded him that there wasn't an 11-game season, Allen reminded him that Favre was hurt the rest of the year.
The fact that Favre was hurt was Paul Allen's defense for the remainder of the interview, forgetting to mention that maybe the Jets would've been better off having someone, anyone, other than Favre be the quarterback at that point.
There's one problem with Paul Allen's argument: In the last four months of December combined, Favre has thrown 13 touchdowns and 31 interceptions.
Yes, that number was 31.
Not only am I a nice guy, but I am a Favre fan as well. So, i'm going to remove 2005, when the Packers were just a bad team all around, and 2009, when Favre was hurt, from those numbers.
In December of 2006, Favre threw 4 touchdowns, compared to 8 interceptions. That's a 2-1 ratio, right on the button.
In Favre's magical, some said best year of his career 2007, he threw 6 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Not as flat out bad as 2006, but still mediocre at best.
The 2007 playoffs were a perfect example of Favre's late-season play. Against Seattle, he looked brilliant in a 42-20 win.
Against New York the next week, he looked horribly erratic, with most of his passes too high, a few yards behind or in front of the receivers, or hitting the ground at their feet.
Anyone who watched Favre as long as I have (his whole career) felt the interception in overtime long before it happened.
As much as I love Brett, the circus that is his retirement saga has to end. I've actually learned to respect Brad Childress for wanting an answer now, instead of allowing Brett to let it go as long as he wants to.
But we'll all sit and wait, again. We'll hear about how much better the Vikings will be with a first ballot Hall-of-Famer as their quarterback, without mentioning that the Hall-of-Famer in question is already past the twilight of his career.
Until we all learn to let him go, and realize that players don't play forever, the better off we'll all be.
And nobody has to realize it more than Brett Favre.