In my last article, I discussed five reasons why NHL player Mike Modano and NFL quarterback Brett Favre should return to professional sports.
Today, I am going to explore the opposite side of that argument.
This slideshow will list five reasons why Modano and Favre should look towards retirement.
Yes, there is life outside of playing a sport, and now would be a good time for them to look into it.
Here is why Modano and Favre should call it quits.
If Favre and Modano were to announce their retirements tomorrow, they would go out as being among the cream of the crop in their respective sports.
Both hold numerous records and have won several awards for their career achievements.
As I said in my last article, Favre holds the NFL record for most career starts by a quarterback with 309 (285 in the regular season; 24 in the playoffs). He also holds records for most consecutive NFL MVP awards as determined by the Associated Press (three times from 1995-1997) and wins by a quarterback in one stadium (90 wins at Lambeau Field in Green Bay).
Favre is also an 11-time Pro Bowl team member and was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.
Meanwhile, Modano holds the NHL record for most points by an American born player with 1,359. He is also a nine time NHL All Star and was in two Olympic tournaments (2002 and 2006).
If they continue to stick around beyond the time they should've called it quits, these accomplishments might be easy to forget. But if they go out now, then it will be easier to remember them in a positive light.
When athletes retire, there is often a place for them in other areas in the world of professional sports such as coaching, scouting, or management.
Joe Nieuwendyk, Modano's former teammate, is currently the General Manager of the Dallas Stars.
NFL Hall-of-Famer Terry Bradshaw is an anaylst on Fox NFL Sunday.
Modano and Favre could even try reality TV.
Hey, former NFL running back Emmitt Smith won "Dancing With the Stars".
If Favre and Modano are seeking similar opportunities, what better time to do it than now?
Their bodies may not be able to tolerate anymore physical play, but they should be able to fit in fine in a broadcast booth or sitting in the stands taking notes on upcoming talent.
Modano just turned 40 in June, while Favre is set to be "over the hill" this October.
The phrase "Age ain't nothing but a number" usually doesn't agree with professional athletes.
Once athletes hit a certain age, they slow down. They can't run as fast as they used to. Maybe their statistics drop. Maybe they have more aches and pains from the wear of playing a physical game like football or hockey.
In addition to facing ankle surgery if he wants to play a 20th NFL season, Favre also had surgery to repair a torn bicep in 2009.
Modano missed time this season with an appendectomy and a rib injury. Though he hasn't struggled with injuries as much as Favre, he could run into similar problems if he doesn't hang up the skates soon.
The best way to avoid these problems, and the criticisms that will be sure to surround these guys if they play despite them, is to retire gracefully.
Let's face it. Favre has changed his mind on whether or not he'll retire more times per week than I go without tweeting or using Facebook (usually zero, thank you very much).
Even Modano pondered retirement once the Stars announced they would not be offering him a new contract.
Favre wanted to retire after playing the 2008 season with the New York Jets, but resurfaced in 2009 after signing with the Minnesota Vikings.
Modano was rumored to be taking a position in the front office before he signed a one year deal with the Detroit Red Wings.
Most recently, Favre has denied rumors that he sent text messages to Vikings teammates announcing that he planned to retire.
Can you guys make up your mind already?
It must be tiring for Modano and Favre to frequently summon questions from the media about whether or not they'll play in 2010.
If they want to put the guesswork to rest, the best thing to do is decide to leave the game and mean it.
Have a press conference to announce your retirement, take questions, and that will be the end of it.
In his last four years with the Stars, Modano made $13 million. He made $4.25 million from 2006-2008 and $2.25 million from 2008-2010.
Provided he doesn't change his mind about going to Detroit in 2010-2011, he will have made at least $14 million during his career.
If Favre returns to Minnesota, he will be playing out the second year of a $2.5 million contract. He has made $77 million over the last 10 years, which includes both his base salary and any bonuses.
Neither player is a charity case, and thus, retiring now will ensure them enough cash to hopefully last them for the rest of their lives.
They can afford their luxury cars, expensive vacations, and multiple bedroom mansions with swimming pools. They will also have enough left over to donate to charities of their choice, should they choose to do that (and it doesn't seem there is any doubt they would).
Add their earnings to any jobs they take after their playing days, and these guys have it made.