Past His Prime: An Ineffective Brett Favre Is No Longer Worth the Hassle

Eric SamulskiCorrespondent IAugust 19, 2009

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - AUGUST 18:  Brett Favre #4 finishes a passing drill during a Minnesota Vikings practice session on August 18, 2009 at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Favre has reportedly agreed to play for the Vikings, a reversal of his announced retirement.  (Photo by Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)

Each sport has one. Basketball had Michael Jordan. Boxing had Evander Holyfield. Football has Brett Favre.

Legends of their sport who are unable to hang 'em up.

Sometimes the offense isn't outrageous. Jordan was the best basketball player of all time, and as the team owner, he felt he could still play effectively. Maybe so, but he certainly never came back as the MJ we knew, and his image suffered a tad for it.

Evander and Brett have done considerably more damage to their reputations and, certainly in Holyfield's case, their bodies.

As he wavers back and forth more times than your average politician, you have to wonder if Brett Favre is really worth all the hassle and media attention (not to mention the drama and stress that he has created for the Vikings). 

Yes, Favre is one of the greatest QBs of this generation. In his prime he was an amazing QB, but anybody can see that his prime is behind him. Last year, he undeservedly made the Pro Bowl after leading the NFL with 22 INTs, including at least one in each of the team's last six games as the Jets tried to make the playoffs.

In those last six games, he threw 10 interceptions, begging the question of whether he is conditioned for a full NFL season anymore. 

But even before the "final season," Favre's play was slipping.

At 40, he is a geezer for the QB position. The game might be taking its toll on the Mississippi native. He threw 29 interceptions in 2005, when his QB rating was 70.9, and followed that up with a 2006 season where he threw only 18 TDs and had a QB rating of 72.

But he was able to put all that behind him for that inspired title run in 2007. After his miraculous 2007 season, Favre seemed to have given us his best performances at the end of his career.

Yet now it seems as though he insists on dragging it out. He has come out of retirement twice so far, filling the media outlets with an agonizing number of stories and rumors; the case is such that he has gone from one of the most loved players to one of the guys fans are simply tired of hearing about.

It's also not benefiting the teams he might be playing for. It's not fair to the Vikings players to lead the organization around by its nose all offseason. The team is supposed to play its first game in three weeks, and its starting QB might not even be on the roster.

That doesn't bode well for achieving some type of chemistry with WRs and RBs.

If Favre should go down, which is not outrageous at his age, are Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson really going to step in and be effective or dedicated after they have been shown little respect by an organization that has chased an aging veteran all offseason?

Not to mention the money Favre is getting: $12 million per year for two years for a guy that is turning 40. That's way too much money. When you have a grind-it-out RB like Adrian Peterson, the last thing you need is a QB that's going to turn the ball over through the air.

It'll just be another dreadful season, and another example of the sad endings that usually result when aging players are blind to their own limitations.