As a Minnesota fan, I can’t say I was too sad to see Brett Favre say goodbye! As I sit and watch the constant updates on TV and witness what he is going through now, I can’t help but feel sorry for the guy.
Do I think he should retire? Well, not if he comes to Minnesota, that’s for sure. All joking aside, that is really not my question to answer.
As an athlete, you know when you can’t compete. We can all agree Brett has plenty in the tank. It’s safe to say Brett must think so, too.
If the Packers do not intend to let Brett Favre play, they should release him. Let him play where he wants to play. He has earned that much.
Today you have guys hanging around until their late thirties. With advances in science and just taking care of themselves, they can hold their own or at the very least compete and draw a crowd. This included guys like Randy Johnson, Mike Madono, and Favre.
There are so many different factors, and it's not always completely up to the athletes themselves. This is a business and these are business men, It’s about money, Period.
Plenty of athletes "hang around." Jerry Rice and Joe Montana went to other teams for a few more snaps, Michael Jordan came back twice, although the second time he came to the team he owned, which may have been to generate attendance for the Wizards.
The Rocket came back to a New York team for a few more innings. The Great One skated out of LA to the Big Apple to score a few more goals. Are they hurting the sport or their legacy?
Too much is made of athletes going out on top. It’s hard enough to get to the top as it is. Now there’s the added pressure of going out on top. In that case, you may want to retire now if you're Eli Manning or Kevin Garnett.
Although, you have to wonder how it feels for a guy like Sam Cassell, who had a great career and yet no championships to show for it until now. He was picked up by the heavily favored Celtics for their championship run, and quite honestly I couldn’t say that he had a lot to do with it.
Should he be proud of "going out on top?" I see this as a trend in the NBA, we saw quite a few familiar faces listening to Will Smith and Going to Miami when they got hot and were heavily favored to win as well.
Imagine being a rookie quarterback, or even a young quarterback like Tarvaris Jackson, and finding out you get to spend the year behind a guy like Favre. What about the young guys that played with Gretzky in his last years, or the young pitchers who get to sit in the bullpen with The Big Unit.
What about the receivers who got to line up with the man they idolized in the greatest receiver in NFL history, Jerry Rice. What about the guys who got to take the court with His Airiness Michael Jordan.
These are the real moments in sports. These are the truest moments to the sport, because one day these young guys will find themselves in that very place. You'll see the young guy come in, and he reminds you of how you were when you were coming into the league, when the money is no longer the motivation to go out and play.
You find yourself back where you are really playing because you truly love the game you have played your whole life. When you realize you have lived a dream, you don’t want to wake up.
Although I'll never win any championships like any athlete who is passionate and has a genuine love for the game, I hope I can play beyond my youth. There is always going to be someone who defies what we believe is possible.
These guys are not tarnishing their legacy, because it’s just that: a legacy. It’s written; it’s been done. No one can take that away from them.
If they hang around another year and share their experiences and mentor the next Brett Favre, the next Michael Jordan, the next Randy Johnson or the next Wayne Gretzky, they are only making that legacy stronger.