Brett Favre: Making Same Mistake As Emmitt Smith?

James GrahamCorrespondent IAugust 6, 2008

Well finally the Brett Favre saga is over and thank god! Brett Favre is a first ballot Hall of famer but his legacy will take a hit for being traded to the New York Jets.

Here is a scenario for you. Emmitt Smith breaks Walter Payton's all time rushing record at home against the Seattle Seahawks. Brett Favre breaks Dan Marino's all time touchdown passes record on the road against the Minnesota Vikings. What happens the next season to both players? Well one retired then unretired and the other still wanted to play but with the Arizona Cardinals. So what do the Packers do, they trade Brett Favre to the A.F.C. to a team who is in the same division as the New England Patriots who went 18-1 in 2007.

If I was Brett Favre I would have just taken the 20 million dollar offer from the Packers to stay retired and enjoy his health. Now Brett Favre will go to New York, a media circus and try to do what the New York Giants did last year, win a Super Bowl. Emmitt Smith also had the heart not to quit football but he went to a team that was worse than the Jets in the Arizona Cardinals. With Smith only gaining 1193 rushing yards in two seasons, averaging 3.3 yards per carry, only scoring 11 touchdowns in two year, Brett Favre is running down the same road as Hall of famer Emmitt Smith. Yes Emmitt Smith only played in 10 games in 2003 but you could see it in Smith's performance of how bad of a move he made in signing with the Cardinals.

Look Brett Favre had a magnificent run last season but he has never had a season where he thrown less than 13 interceptions in a full year. Yes Favre is a gunslinger and yes he can make some tough passes threw some tight windows but Favre had a one hit wonder season in 2007. Favre will go back to the Favre of 2005-06 and he will try to do too much for a mediocre team.

Don't get me wrong I love Favre and Smith but Favre is not the answer for the Jets. He is on a team that is in the same division as the A.F.C. Champion Patriots and the competition of teams in the A.F.C. than the N.F.C. is one-sided. Colts, Chargers, Jaguars, Browns, Steelers, Titans, and the Patriots all will battle for 6 playoff spots and the odds are heavily against the Jets.

Kellen Clemens and Chad Pennington are back page news now and Pennington will probably have to be cut to make salary cap room for Favre and that is fair. Also the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where trying to acquire Favre and they have Jeff Garcia, Brian Griese, Chris Simms, Luke McCown and rookie Josh Johnson but they aren't Brett Favre. I want nothing more than to see Favre succeed but he would have been better fit in Tampa Bay than the media circus that is New York bottom line.

Just like Emmitt Smith, Brett Favre will feel the sting of a bad team in a tough division and wish he would have stayed retired. Only few get to retire on top and don't get me wrong Favre maybe will be successful but the odds are not for it. Smith and Favre are gamers and they are great competitor but you have to know when enough is enough unless you go to a contender where you can be a contributor right away. Green Bay has a way better team than the Jets on paper and i do believe that the Packers will have more success with Aaron Rodgers than the Jets will with Brett Favre.

The Jets have a declining Thomas Jones, a second string running back in Leon Washington, a older Laveranues Coles, under achievers in Jerricho Cotchery and Chris Baker but Brett Favre will be in the same situation as he was in 2004-06 where he has a team with no real play-maker. The Packers have an up-and-coming star in running back Ryan Grant and Greg Jennings, a deep threat in Donald Driver a good rookie in tight end Jermichael Finley and another solid tight end in Donald Lee. So let the comparison of Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers begin but Rodgers has the better team in Green Bay. Emmitt Smith was the star on paper in Arizona and now Favre is in the same boat in New York.