Brett Favre Shows Reason Why Romo Will Not Start (and Why Elway Was Smart)

John B. HaffordContributor IDecember 21, 2010

Brett Favre, Vikings
Brett Favre, VikingsMatthew Stockman/Getty Images

For at least four weeks now, Cowboys fans have been debating if Romo should start a final game this season.  The Cowboys head office has now made it official: Romo will sit out the rest of the season.  Like we didn't realize that the night Romo was injured.  You don't have to be Einstein to understand that starting Romo for a final regular season game now could have detrimental problems for him going into the off season, problems that could linger in training camp and set him up for more problems for the 2011 regular season.  Now Tony, thankfully, has plenty of time to heal and prepare for an outstanding 2011 season.

Meanwhile, at TCF Bank Stadium in Minnesota on Monday Night, the Vikings have reminded us of why not  letting Romo play is a good thing.  They let Brett Favre, similarly injured, play and he got sacked.  He  now has a head injury.  Favre is 41 years old.  In NFL years, that equates to about 81 years old.  This, most likely, will be Brett Favre's last game.  Brett Favre should have his head examined.  Oh, and they should take him to a doctor and have that head injury looked at too.

In 2007, Favre became the third quarterback in NFL history to beat all other 31 teams one week after Tom Brady and Peyton Manning both did the same.  That year, he also surpassed Dan Marino by throwing his 63rd touchdown pass.  While neither of these are super bowls, they are milestones and achievements that few players can claim.  This is when Brett Favre should have retired and STAYED retired.

Brett Favre is a legend, an "Iron Man," and a gunslinger.  He is a man with incredible records, some more fortuitous than others (TD/INT).  What he is not is reasonable. 

If Brett is on a team with three QBs, you can rest assured that the other two guys won't see daylight playing on the gridiron.  Tough though he may be, he is not invincible and he takes chances with his body that have now cost him dearly.  But, perhaps, what is worst of all are the multiple retirements.

He gave the very best years of his career to the Green Bay Packers and the Packers fans.  When he retired from Green Bay amidst talks with the owners and coaches, the blame for his not returning was laid squarely on the shoulders of the owner and the head coach.  Coming out of retirement and playing for the Jets was forgivable because he was Brett Favre and everyone understood how badly he wanted to continue playing football.  That's when he supposedly sent sex texting messages to Jen Sterger.  Then he retired again.

Before the troubles with Sterger, Brett did the unthinkable.  He came out of his second retirement to play for the Packers arch-nemesis: the Minnesota Vikings.  As a Cowboys fan, I'll say this: It was bad enough for Cowboys fans when Emmitt went to play for Arizona, but we could never fathom the idea of our greatest player going to play for the Redskins.  Well, Brett DID do that to his people and because the 50% of Minnesotan in me also likes the Vikings, I wish he would just retire for good. 

2007 was Brett Favre's last great year.  When he retired in 2008, it seemed like he was going out on top.  But, no one went out on top better than John Elway.

Elway was Favre before Favre came along.  Elway was the iron man and gunslinger that everyone went nuts for and for good reason: Elway did things on the field that only Houdini could pull off like rolling out of the pocket and bowling over two defenders just for a first down.

Elway was smart.  What made him great was his perseverance and determination to win the big game.  That drive gave him and his Broncos teammates two Super Bowl titles.  After the second one, he retired immediately, never to return to the game.

Instead, he packed up his two SB rings and went back home to Idaho.  Oh, and let's not forget that John Elway was smart enough to build himself a car dealership franchise outside of the NFL.  He planned for the future.  He was also smart enough not to make a mockery of his own legendary career.