From 2008, when Brett Favre exited Green Bay, to when Bears rookie Corey Wooton threw him down on the cold turf of the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium in December, nothing had gone the way the legend had planned.
He suffered a concussion when he was slammed into rock-hard ground, the last of a slew of injuries since he cut ties with the Packers. It was his final play in the NFL, unless he goes back on the retirement papers he signed in January. I guess it was better than an interception in the NFC Championship to end your career.
Favre never texted his successful successor, Aaron Rodgers, to congratulate him about his Super Bowl MVP award, but he was probably too busy texting Jen Sterger anyway. It's time to get to No. 4's biggest failures over his final three seasons after he left Green Bay.
Ted Thompson refused to bring back the old man as a starter, so Favre was traded to the Jets. Of course Packers fans were enraged, but after his brief stint with the Jets it would only get worse.
Favre led the Jets to an 8-3 record and everyone expected him to make another appearance in the NFL playoffs. That was until he threw nine interceptions in his final five games, and they missed the postseason.
The gunslinger later blamed his late-season blunders on a shoulder injury. A shoulder injury that cost the Jets the playoffs and $125,000 in fines because the team failed to report it properly. More secret occurences in his time with the Jets would later be revealed.
New York released him after he claimed to retire once again.
Brett should've retired as a Packer, but his ego wouldn't allow that and he all but ruined the sixteen years he spent in Green Bay.
After being released by the Jets, he made his way to the rival Minnesota Vikings and was labeled "Purple Judas" by Packers fans. Okay, so he had a career year in 2009 with the Vikes and it looked like he was headed to the Super Bowl, but looks can be deceiving.
Favre had beaten Aaron Rodgers and the Packers twice in "revenge" games, and it appeared he had conquered the doubts of his age and durability.
The scene was set for Favre to lead a game-winning drive in the final minutes against the Saints in the NFC Championship, but then he made the biggest mistake in his time in Minnesota. A completely idiotic throw on third down fell into the hands of Tracy Porter of the Saints.
He blew it, just like he did for the Packers in the 2007 NFC Championship and to make matters worse, he decided to come back another year.
In 2010, he lost to the Packers twice, pretty much handing the game to the Pack at Lambeau Field. His old team won the Super Bowl, and his successor was the MVP. If you believe in karma, Favre really got his.
Brett played in only thirteen games, suffering a multitude of injuries and finishing with a passer rating of 69.9. If he sticks to his decision to retire, it will be the best of his career.
The last episode of the Favre saga will stain his already-smeared image. He was investigated by the NFL in October 2010 for allegedly sending explicit pictures of himself and inappropriate voicemails to Jets employee Jenn Sterger while with the team.
His wife Deanna refused to comment on the allegations, and Brett would not cooperate with the investigations.
It was rumored he admitted to the voicemails, but not to the lewd texts. Either way he was fined $50,000 for not cooperating.
Favre's consecutive starts streak ended at 297 games in 2010 when he couldn't make it on the field because of a shoulder injury.
I guess after spending time in rehab for Vicodin addiction back in 1996, he might finally be off the painkillers. It's hard to say if the old man was really a tough guy, or just doped up on meds.
At least he holds the records for most interceptions, most times sacked and most fumbles. Those will never be taken away from him.
It truly is sad how this man's career ended in betrayal, injury, controversy, and failure.
Will anyone remember the good old days?
When Brett was the MVP for three consecutive seasons, the face of Green Bay and loved by cheeseheads at Lambeau Field.
Only time will tell. They say time heals all wounds.