Brett Favre announced to the New York Jets Wednesday that he is retiring.
My first thought is let’s not start this again. But then you have to look at the facts. Brett is getting really old; he’s going over the hill. This year he watched himself throw just as many touchdowns as interceptions. Yeah, he almost made it to the playoffs, but instead of leading the league in yards or touchdowns this year, he lead it in interceptions.
I’m not saying anything bad about Brett. I’d like to see a lot of people go out there and take the hits he has and make the plays he has at his age.
I’m saying this needs to be it. He’s going on forty years old and I think he needs to clean out that locker for the last time. He had a great run this year, and got the Jets a winning season. He’s made a lot of accomplishments this season. But unless he wants to end his career with a horrible season where he’s sitting the bench towards the end, he needs to leave.
The Jets should accept this decision and move on like the Packers did last year. I don’t know if we can take all the Brett Favre news we took last year. The NFL should somehow make it a little more difficult for him to reinstate.
Favre should move on to bigger things, and spend time with his family. He needs to let the NFL move on without him. I would have loved to see him win a ring this year, but things didn’t work out that way. He should make sure, without a doubt that he doesn’t want to play football anymore.
He can get into another career if he can’t get away from football. He can be a sportscaster, like so many retired players are doing. He can start coaching if he wanted to. His life doesn’t have to be all about playing football. There are other things out there that can keep him close to the game he loves.
So Brett, pick up a mic or clip board and put down the pads. This league won’t be lost without you.