Dominating the NFL headlines once again is the ongoing retirement tirade of Brett Favre. While once already spurning his long-time career team, the Green Bay Packers, for the New York Jets, Favre ultimately ended up signing with Green Bay divisional foe, the Minnesota Vikings.
After a year of producing solid numbers, Favre has once again announced his decision to retire due to "wear and tear."
Come on, Brett, the first time was believable. The speculation last season...more obvious you were just wanting redemption.
This time around, we don't buy it. Especially when the reason is for wear and tear. Even after an offseason with surgery involved, the possibility of perhaps the "Iron-man" of all sports dismissing a promising season due to an injury...
While all three Favre residences (Minnesota, New York, and Green Bay) are accustomed to the preseason absence, Favre continues to play with the high-school players down in Mississippi.
News media obviously continue to dwell on the fact that Favre hasn't put the pigskin down and presses on the subject of a Favre return.
With starting quarterback aspirations once again becoming a goal for Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels, they proceed to take the reigns as the starting and backup quarterbacks.
Both, along with Joe Webb, have mediocre performances during the first two games against St. Louis and San Francisco. Immediately speculation begins regarding Favre returning to "save" the Vikings season.
After rehabbing the injury to the best of his abilities down in Mississippi, Favre announces he is returning to Minnesota for his final season.
More likely coming back as a chance to redeem the opportunity at winning his second Super Bowl. A feat that fell short last year in a mediocre game against the New Orleans Saints where he threw 28 for 46, with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Starting the season, Favre leads the Vikings into New Orleans in a rematch of last year's NFC Championship Game. Down late in the fourth quarter Favre leads the Vikings down the field.
With the clock ticking down he takes the snap, handing the ball to Adrian Peterson for a big gain that ultimately leads to a game-winning field goal for a 34-31 victory.
Favre and company rattle off three wins against the Saints, Miami Dolphins, and Detroit Lions. Upon reaching the bye, Favre has compiled stats that match the last MVP-caliber output of his past.
MVP talk already begins to surface in excitement, but still pointed out that the stats are much inflated due to a lopsided win over the still "pitiful" Lions.
Favre leads the Vikings into Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI, where he masterfully conducted a dismantling the previous season over the Packers.
Unfortunately this time around the emotion just isn't in kill or be killed mentality. Green Bay gets the last laugh of the game as Charles Woodson intercepts Favre with minutes left in the game, and the Packers offense manages to kill the remainder of the clock to preserve the win, 27-21.
Going into Chicago, Favre has accumulated 293 consecutive regular-season starts. With the November temperatures rapidly cooling and the wind blowing in off the lake, Favre leads the Vikings to a quick lead by scoring two quick touchdowns through the air.
Late in the second, Peterson misses Lance Briggs coming up a hole and drives Favre into the ground. Hardly attempting to get up, trainers attend to the quarterback as the teams take a knee.
For precaution, Favre is loaded onto the meat wagon and leaves the game to applause. Following the 21-17 loss, the Vikings announce that Favre will miss the next three to four weeks, bringing the unbelievable streak to a close.
After the injury, media speculation unravels regarding Favre actually returning. While some suggest fatigue, the team stands behind the fact that Favre's injury was not as serious as first thought.
Minnesota announces he will return for the December 20th rematch against the Bears, hoping to save the Vikings chance of making the playoffs.
During Favre's absence the Vikings struggled to the point of basically being eliminated from the playoffs.
Hanging on the hopes of others' failure and winning the three remaining games, Favre assumes the task.
After a sure-handed defeat against the Bears, the Vikings win close games to finish the season with three straight wins.
Unfortunately, the breaks don't fall to the Vikings liking as they lose in the tiebreaker to the Chicago Bears.
Both teams finish with a 10-6 record, with the Packers taking the division at 11-5.
Upon missing the playoffs for only one of a few seasons, Favre waits until Super Bowl weekend to formally announce his final retirement.
Unsurprisingly, Favre confides in the fact that he played injured the final three games of the season.
Favre's number is retired, officially, and he becomes a first ballot Hall of Famer for obvious reasons.
Two weeks after being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Favre announces he is coming back...