Brett Favre: 3 Reasons for a Midseason Retirement
Sunday nights heartbreaking 28-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers could be the last memory the football world has of Brett Favre. The harmonious chorus of boos The Ol’ Gunslinger received from his once faithful brethren—the Cheese Head nation—is a fitting close to what has been nothing less than a Greek Tragedy.
By analyzing Favre’s rapid decline, we can all remind ourselves that folding our cards to survive another day is better than moving all—in with “the hammer” (2-7, statistically the worst hand in poker).
Some might argue that Favre deserves his fate—I am a living testament to this as I reside in Wisconsin—based on his narcissistic tendencies as displayed in the media over the past three years; however, deep down inside many of us wanted to see him succeed, if only to forsake the media hoopla.
I now plead my case as to why a midseason exit would be best for all parties involved—Brett Favre, the Minnesota Vikings, the NFL and Jenn Sterger.
No. 3: Favregate Scandal
It’s no mystery to anyone that the “Favregate” scandal is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.
In the past few days, Favre reportedly admitted to sending voicemails—denies he sent lewd photos—to former New York Jets employee Jenn Sterger.
Having already dealt with a misconduct scandal in the Jets locker room earlier this year, the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell would like nothing more than for this problem to disappear. The last thing they would want is to slap Favre with a suspension, tarnishing his decorated career.
For all parties involved, Sterger would be better suited to decline an interview with the NFL and settle out of court with Favre, thus avoiding further ridicule and speculation that would surround an in-depth investigation. Knowing that his image has already been tarnished, Favre should respectfully take a bow and announce his retirement in the only way he knows how—a 30 Minute ESPN special called “Favre’s Decision.” Imagine the ratings this would generate!
No. 2: Injuries
The past few weeks have been a good indication that it’s tough being a 41-year-old quarterback in a league dominated by youth.
In a press conference on Monday, Vikings Coach Brad Childress stated that an MRI revealed two separate fractures on Favre’s left ankle (stress and avulsion fracture).
Coupled with his ankle problems, Favre is still reeling from a nagging elbow tendonitis that has significantly affected the zip on his passes. Through six games, he has thrown 10 interceptions and is on pace to throw 27 INT’s, resulting in the second highest total of his career.
Favre has shown his durability during his storied career by playing through multiple injuries, but it’s time for him to wake up and realize that he is one good hit away from quarterbacking a Hoveround in his golden years.
No. 1: Favre's Legacy
The Ol’ Gunslinger is clearly a future hall of famer and is easily one of the 10 greatest QBs of all-time, however his accelerated decline is like watching Mike Tyson losing to Danny Williams.
Here is just a slice of what Favre has accomplished in his decorated career:
- Most Career Passing Touchdowns (504)
- Career Passing Yards (70,520)
- Consecutive starts (291) or (315 including playoffs)
- Only QB with victories over all 32 teams (since expansion in 2002)
- Engineered 45 fourth quarter or overtime victories
- Won Associated Press’s MVP (3 times—1995, 1996 and 1997)
- Pro Bowler (11 times)
There has been no mystery to the lack of leadership displayed by Favre this season as he has single-handedly taken the Vikings deep into the NFC North cellar. With Childress on the hot seat, a possible benching—outside of injuries and a possible NFL suspension—is looming for the decorated captain.
I don’t believe the Vikings are better off with Tarvaris Jackson at the helm, however they really can’t do much worse. It’s time to find out if Jackson can rejuvenate his career and commandeer a comeback for the ages as the NFC is seemingly still wide open.
Brett, there is no shame in hanging up the cleats as there is nothing left to prove. Bowing out gracefully is much more respectable then being forcibly removed.