Professional sports offer a short time-line for those lucky enough to play. For so many, especially in football, it’s a business of get in, get the money and get out before you’re kicked out.
Favre wasn’t able to see that and will be remembered as much as the league’s punch-line as he will be a legend.
Players like John Elway and Barry Sanders retired in their prime, on their own terms.
Many others just let their stats gracefully slide before stepping aside.
The following players will reveal in 2011 that they are entering that decline and nearing the end of their careers.