The Legacy Of Brett Favre, Or Not?

George AndersonAnalyst IIAugust 3, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14:  Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre arrives at the 2010 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Brett Favre has reportedly decided to finally retire for good, maybe. Reports have yet to be verified by the team that the 40 year old quarterback has run out comebacks and has retired.


Many know Favre as the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers who was known for his amazing passes and an arm that rivals Randy Johnson’s. Many will remember him for all the passing records he holds like touchdowns, completions, and interceptions.


What people will neglect to see is how little he did for his three former teams. The might Brett Favre ended the Packers, Jets, and Vikings seasons the last three years because of his arm.


Now, I know people think of him as almost God-like, but he is not even close. In his last season with the Packers, he threw an interception in overtime during the NFC Championship game which eventually led to a game-winning Giants score. Then, he was traded to the Jets. They started out on fire and looking like shoe-ins for the playoffs. In the back half, though, his arm gave way and his numerous interceptions sunk the Jets to 9-7 and out of the playoffs.


Even after these two failures he had a chance to end up on top. Like Jerome Bettis, he could have finished his career a Super Bowl Champion. Even with the offense playing poorly, the Vikings defense dominated and gave them one last chance to win the game. What does Favre do? He throws ACROSS his body (The first rule a high school quarterback learns is to NEVER throw across your body) and the pass is intercepted.


Favre only had to run a few yards to set up a game winning field goal and be Super Bowl bound. So my question is, which legacy should be remembered? The legacy of a quarterback who set so many records, or a legacy of failing when his team needed him most?