With many voices trying to silence him into a quiet retirement, did anyone take a step back and think about the subject with an ounce of judgment?
For the past few years, Favre has spent every offseason wavering on his future with football. After seasons of mediocrity, the wear and tear of the NFL started to bog down on him, but he came back year after year at the behest of his coach, GM and teammates.
Coming off one of the best performances of his career in 2007, he suffered a heartbreaking loss in the playoffs, and instantly rumors began flying that he would retire once and for all.
On March 4, the retirement became official, and everyone lauded him for going out on top, for bowing out with grace, a hero of heroes.
Now he wants to come back...
Pro Sports History Foretold This
Michael Jordan...Randy Couture...Muhammad Ali...Mario Lemieux...
They are all-time greats, for sure, but men who came back from retirement because the itch of competition was too great for them. The average NFL career is 3 1/2 years, MLB about five years, and the time on top for a player is a very small window.
After you are done, you must adapt to normal life, and with the money players today make, "normal" life is playing golf every afternoon.
The thrill and adrenaline rush you get on the field is something hard to achieve elsewhere, and most retired players have a hard time adjusting to life outside the limelight.
While some players hang on too long—Patrick Ewing riding the bench in Orlando, Roy Jones fighting way past his prime—to name a few, many quit way before their time. Floyd Mayweather, Barry Sanders, and Jim Brown are some examples of men who left before finishing off their historic careers.
While some would say what those men did was admirable, the reasons behind their exits where nebulous at best. Brown and Mayweather wanted to try their hands at acting careers, and Sanders being fed up with being a Lion.
So why judge a man who just wants to do what he does best?
Look in the Mirror
Regretting a job is something many have suffered through in our lives. Thinking the grass is greener on the other side, we have to live with their regrets of leaving what we loved doing.
Reports have circulated that Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy pushed Favre into making a quick decision this offseason about his playing career, so they could plan for the upcoming year.
After years of taking his time to decide, with management coddling him in his decisions, the abruptness of his employers' attitude shocked him into making, what has become apparently, an impromptu retirement announcement.
So after months of tending to his large estate in Mississippi, Favre began throwing to local High Schoolers, and the itch to return became too large to ignore.
He Can Still Get The Job Done
In 2007, Favre led his team to a 13-3 record, posting personal bests in
three major statistical categories, was named the NFC starter at QB at the Pro Bowl, and came with an inch of another berth in the Super Bowl.
At 38 years of age, he proved many of critics that he was still a major force to be reckoned with in the league. Minus the performance of an otherworldly Tom Brady, he would have surely picked up his fourth MVP trophy, making him the oldest player to do so.
As much hope as the Pack has put behind Aaron Rodgers, having him come anywhere as close to the numbers Favre put up in 2007 would be a shock.
So Where Do We Go From Here?
Undeniably, Favre has been the premiere star of the NFL in the past two decades. He wants to play in 2008, whether it be in Green Bay or elsewhere.
If he is granted his release, a number of teams will line up to acquire his services and put him behind the pivot position as their No. 1 guy.
If he returns to the Pack, he cannot be anything but the starter coming off the year he just did.
As fans of this sport, we should all applaud the return of one of the most inspirational, intriguing, and likable figures pro football has ever known. It won't tarnish his image, he is already one of the top quarterbacks of all time.
All it would do is give us a chance to see a man doing what he loves.
Who are we to deny him that?