Brett Favre: STAY RETIRED!!

Todd HerrmannCorrespondent IJune 10, 2009

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 21:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the New York Jets gets back up after being tackled by Brandon Mebane of the Seattle Seahawks on the final possession on December 21, 2008 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Jets 13-3. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

It is like the blister you always get on the same spot on your foot. You know where it is going to be, you know what causes it, you can tell when it is coming, but no matter what you do, you just cannot get it to go away. It, of course, is the never-ending saga of quarterback Brett Favre.

Yes, for the second offseason in a row, Mr. Favre is hogging the sports spotlight. This is a great part of the year for sports fans. The NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Finals are both chock full of excitement, baseball season is in full swing, The French Open tennis tournament just ended and the U.S. Open golf is about to begin. And yet, my daily intake of sports news is still infected with stories about Brett Favre’s shoulder surgery, or members of the Favre family buying hotel rooms for the Vikings vs. the Packers at Lambeau in November.

Of course, it is unfair to entirely blame this on Favre, sports media outlets must share some of the blame for continually reporting on the state of his “retirement.” I myself, in writing this article, have become everything I stand against; I am perpetuating the idea of Brett Favre being relevant to the daily news. But I feel it is necessary for me to make my point.

It is time for Brett Favre to retire and leave the limelight. It is that simple. And that is not just due to my being sick of hearing about him, it has to do with football as well.

Only one team is seriously considering bringing Favre back for the upcoming football season, the Minnesota Vikings. Without Favre, their probable starting quarterback next year would be Tavaris Jackson.

So, on one side of the coin, we have Favre. Yes, he is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. But still, last year he threw just as many interceptions as touchdowns (22 each). His passer rating was 21st in the league. And in the last five games of the season, with his Jets in the thick of the AFC East race, Favre led his team to a 1-4 record, throwing only two touchdowns, with a whopping nine interceptions, as his team missed the playoffs.

On the other side of the coin, we have Jackson. He split time with Gus Frerotte last year, but became the starter at the end of the season when Frerotte went down with a back injury. Playing his team’s last four games, Jackson went 3-1 with eight touchdowns and only one interception, leading his team to a playoff spot, finishing one game ahead of the Chicago Bears to win the NFC North.

Who would you rather have as your quarterback going into next season? An aging veteran who finished last year with mediocre numbers, melted down when he was needed most, and would look more in place in a Rogaine commercial than on the gridiron? Or a young quarterback who is still improving, still progressing as a player, and led his team to the playoffs last year? I would say the decision is a fairly easy one.

Mr Favre, please. You have nothing left to prove. You have won Super Bowls, MVPs, and nobody will deny that you are one of the greatest players in NFL history. Do not come back for another mediocre year, tarnishing the end of a surefire hall of fame career.