When Brett Favre actually retires, it will most likely be as a member of the New York Jets. He will walk through the tunnel into the locker room the last time wearing green and white, not green and gold.
Over the past month or so, a lot has been said about how Favre was treated and how the Packers could possibly send Favre anywhere other than Titletown. Legends, however, often have to seek employment elsewhere when their teams have decided to move on.
The obvious comparisons are with quarterbacks, and Favre finds himself in good company.
Warren Moon brought the Houston Oilers to the door of the Super Bowl many times, but when they decided to move in another direction, Moon was forced to suit up in Minnesota Viking purple. He wasn't done there, either, bouncing around to Seattle and ultimately, the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs were no strangers to legendary quarterback castoffs. They, of course, welcomed Joe Montana into their family when his injuries allowed Steve Young to take his job. Joe did well, leading the Chiefs into the playoffs, where the prospect of a Montana-Young Super Bowl made everyone a Chiefs fan.
There was also the case of the Colts trading away Johnny Unitas to the San Diego Chargers. Unitas never looked good with the Bolts, but he sold tickets for a new franchise. Still, the last time Johnny U. played a game, it was in powder blue.
Hockey is also no stranger to legends moving on. Just look at the Bruins, who let Bobby Orr go to the Blackhawks and Ray Bourque to the Avalanche. I'm sure it disheartened many that Bourque's last moments on ice were raising a cup...in Colorado.
Of course, baseball legends are not immune to this phenomenon. A personal tragedy in my own life was seeing Tino Martinez brushed out of town by the reigning MVP, Jason Giambi. Was it a good move? Absolutely. Tino's bat had slowed down and there was real concern about his health. Giambi was an MVP almost begging to come to the Yankees.
The Yankees were proved right as Tino limped through seasons with St. Louis and Tampa Bay before spending a good season back in pinstripes, playing well with lots of rest. Still, the prospect that Tino would have spent his last game in the green and white of the Devil Rays would have been sad.
If Tino Martinez is not considered a legend, well then, try Babe Ruth on for size. The Great Bambino was looking forward to retiring and managing his beloved Yankees. When the organization decided that this was not the best course of action, Ruth decided to spend his last days playing and managing as a Boston Brave.
There is an endless list of legends who put a strange uniform on in the twilight of their career: M.J. in a Wizards uniform, Ewing wearing Orlando across his chest, Yogi in orange and blue pinstripes, and the list goes on.
No, Favre will not be the only legendary sports figure to suit up in a strange uniform. But he is separated by a simple fact: He is coming off one of the best years of his career. No one really believes Aaron Rodgers is better, but pride and stubbornness has gotten in the way.
Will I root for Aaron Rodgers? Absolutely! No one deserves that kind of limbo in their job. However, Brett's not done, and with a revamped Jets' line, he's going to make some noise.