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Please, Not Again: Favre's Interest to Return No More Than Delusion

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 07:  Brett Favre #4 of the New York Jets  leaves the field after his game against the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL game on December 7, 2008 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Bryan HollisterAnalyst IJune 16, 2009

The Brett Favre saga is quickly getting old. Recently, Favre admitted to having contact with the Minnesota Vikings and incredibly—not to mention in defiance of all logic—he has announced that he would still like to come back.

Please.

Does no one remember the disaster of last year's season with the Jets? The Favre who played for that team was far removed from the Favre we were accustomed to seeing, the Favre who made the Green Bay Packers perennial contenders, the same Favre who led them to a Super Bowl.

No, this Favre showed his age; there was less zip on his passes, his accuracy and decision-making was in question; the only thing still remaining was his desire and intensity, which only carried him so far.

Even the postseason announcement that he had torn the bicep muscle in his throwing arm was not enough to deride the facts: Favre's best days are behind him—way behind him.

Now, instead of staying in retirement and being able to maintain what is left of his legacy, he is foolishly considering coming back, again, to a team that is in even worse shape than the one he left scant months ago. After watching him play last season, surely the Vikings don't think he is their only option to improve their anemic offensive production?

I truly understand the desire to return to something you have left behind, particularly if that something was a significant part of your life. But there comes a time when you have to let it go, as painful as that is.

That time is now, Brett. It doesn't matter if the doctor said you would know in four or five games whether the surgery was successful; you should know in your heart and in your head the logical, reasonable, right thing to do is walk away. Work the farm, make the appearances, consider the rebirth of your football life in the broadcast booth, anything but come back and try to play just one more time.

Because this time, it might be more painful than last time. This time, back in the NFC North, you will be a big target for all those teams you embarrassed for so many years. This time, they will truly come after you, if for no other reason than to prove that you are a washed up old has-been who has no business on the football field any more.

This time, your career could be ended for you. And that is a fate no one truly wants.

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