Being a member of the 40-year-old quarterback club is an exceptional honor to say the least. It is a club graced with such members as Warren Moon, Doug Flutie, and Sonny Jurgensen to name a few.
But when it was time to call it quits, these other guys did; when the time came that each of these players knew they held their team back more than they advanced them forward, they all decided that enough was enough.
The game of football—as a professional career—has the power to take a 25-year-old body, and transform it into a wheel chair bound memory of what used to be. And when the body begins to show its physical decline, not even the greatest of players can rise above what is inevitable.
It sometimes appears as if Favre is really trying to do the impossible.
But at what point does it all become clear for Favre? At what point does Favre the football player come back down to earth and realize he is holding this team back?
Great quarterbacks don’t just pop up like daisies in the spring; they are a rare breed that only come around once every so often. And some of the qualities that make a quarterback great aren’t necessarily a gorgeous stat line; rather, it’s the gritty no holds barred swagger they don each week.
It’s the lack of fear when taking the types of chances that a nicely groomed franchise quarterback would never take.
It's that never say quit mentality that each surrounding teammate feeds off of.
It’s that little extra special “thing” that just seems so damn magical.
But being a great quarterback also comes with its own set of limitations that eventually asks a true leader to swallow his pride, let go of his glory days, and remember what it truly means to be a “team player”.
It’s an aspect that helps your team, instead of holding it back; an aspect—perhaps the last—that Favre has yet to achieve.