Open Mic: Retirement Only Temporary?

Emily DiekelmannCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2008

Why, Brett, why? After a phenomenal season this past year, you come back only to create a media circus around yourself that makes you look like a starving player craving the game one last time.

We have seen it before—a player retires only to return a year or a few months later, having decided that it wasn’t his time to leave the field. Michael Jordan did it twice, Roger Clemens did it three times. But why?

I am biased in my belief that Jordan’s first comeback was beneficial for all parties involved since I grew up on the South Side of Chicago during the amazing Bulls of the '90s. With that said, I was sad to see him come out of retirement and make what was a wonderful send off look desperate.

When it comes to Favre it's easy for me to say that coming back is the wrong decision. I grew up with the Favre who would scare Bears fans, including me, to their core. But I also watched him slowly fade into obscurity until this past year when my faith was restored and I once again saw the Favre I grew up loving.

So I come back to my original question: Why? I’ve never fully understood why players, so soon after retiring, feel the need to come back. Is it because they felt it wasn’t truly their time, were they bored at home, or did they lose some money in Vegas? What could change their minds so quickly?

Roger Clemens is a good example. He has “unretired” three times in the past eight years when, in my eyes, he should have left in 2003 after receiving all that fanfare from the Yankees and fans around the country.

It's hard to sit here and explain why players should not return when I have never played a professional sport in my life, but from a fan’s point of view some guys just need to realize when it's time for the next generation to move up.

Good luck, Favre, with whatever life has in store for you next...even if that means becoming a Chicago Bear.