Brett Favre Picks Correct Time to Hang It up

Anthony SlaterContributor IJuly 28, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 20:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after a Packers touchdown during the NFC championship game against the New York Giants on January 20, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Giants defeated the Packers 23-20 in overtime to advance to the Superbowl XLII.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Even as a sports fan I was not looking forward to November 1, 2009.

It was the day Brett Favre was going to come back to Lambeau Field. It should be a day celebrated with his No. 4 going up while he makes a speech to a standing ovation. Instead, it appeared it was going to be a day where he would be booed in the purple and yellow.

By announcing that he would not come out of retirement to return to Minnesota, he may have preserved his legacy in Wisconsin.

Packer fans could forgive him for causing drama in Green Bay last summer and even for playing a year in New York, but signing with a huge division rival would be a tough pill to swallow.

Hopefully, Favre and the Packers' management can now put their recent problems aside and give Favre the retirement ceremony that he and Packers fans rightfully deserve.

Last year's collapse by Favre and the Jets should not impact how he is remembered.

True fans of football will remember how many memories he gave us playing for Green Bay and how fun he was to watch.

There is no doubt he is a first-ballot Hall of Famer that is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play.

It will be tough to see him leave because there will never be another like Brett Favre, but the timing was right.

It's time for Brett to come back to Lambeau Field and see that No. 4 retired, as he is the face of the Green Bay Packers franchise.