A Memo to Brett Favre: Please, Stay Retired

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IMarch 27, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 28: Brett Favre #4 of The New York Jets leaves the field after losing to The Miami Dolphins 24-17 after their game on December 28, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

I've seen the picture above being used many times. I like this photo because Brett Favre is jogging of the field. Will it actually be the last time he does so?

There have been numerous rumors saying Favre will once again return to the NFL. This time, the Cleveland Browns are the team that are reportedly interested.

I am surprised that they are the team that wants him. Here are a few reasons why.

1. Eric Mangini

The new head coach for the Browns never really got along with Brett Favre. When you put two personalities together, it often didsn't work out. Apparently, the two have worked out their differences, and now they text on a regular basis.

2. Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn

One of them likely won't be on the team next year. Which one will it be? Cleveland must develop one of these quarterbacks for the future. Why bring in a 40-year-old who wants to stay retired? To me, it doesn't make sense.

3. Brett Favre will not win another title

Cleveland will have a pathetic season next year. Their running game is average at best. They traded arguably their best offensive target. The defense is pathetic, and there is no offense.

I have always told people that Brett Favre won't return to play football. I'm starting to regret those words. He already tried his comeback with the Jets. It failed. So why go to a team that is much worse?

It can't be for money, can it? No.

Favre has always been about stirring up the pot. He loves to be the quiet guy that secretly wants all the publicity. I can honestly say that 99 percent of football fans are sick of Brett Favre talking about retiring and then un-retiring.

To me, he seemed serious when he said that he was finally hanging up the cleats for good. That was the first time! Then in June 2008, Favre announced that he would be returning to the NFL.

The New York Jets traded a conditional 2009 draft pick for the former MVP winner. He was expected to put them on top of the division. Who really thought that he would bring them a Lombardi trophy, though? I sure didn't.

In 2008, he threw for 22 touchdowns along with 22 interceptions. Somehow, these awful numbers got him a place on the Pro Bowl roster. He was replaced by Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. If it had not been for the fan vote, Brett Favre would only be a nine9-time Pro Bowler right now.

The former Southern Mississippi star was the 33rd overall pick in the 1991 draft, selected by the Atlanta Falcons. Favre was not expected to be anything more than a depth player. Little did they know that he would become a three-time MVP.

In his 16 years with the Green Bay Packers, Favre led them to a Super Bowl XXXI win and worked his way into the hearts of fans everywhere. The legend had been born, and there was plenty more of him left in the tank.

The relationship between Favre and the Packers fizzled after the 2007 season. Packers coach Mike McCarthy stated that Green Bay would focus on starting the career of former first-round pick Aaron Rodgers.

Brett was not prepared to be a backup for a team that has been cemented into his life forever. He decided to do the smart thing...retire.

On April 24, 2008, Brett appeared on the "Late Show with David Letterman." When asked what he'll be thinking around training camp, Favre went on to say, "I think when training camp gets close, something is bound to happen."

Those words left hope in the hearts of Favre fans. From that point on, I knew Brett Favre would soon return to where he belongs.

That was for the 2008 season, but now we are talking about the 2009 season. Do you really want to potentially injure your body even more?

Brett has not publicly claimed that he is considering coming back into the NFL, but there are texts that show Eric Mangini has talked to him about it.

I have always had the utmost respect for Favre. When he played the Vikings on Sundays, I was always nervous. He burned us many times. A few times, I even cried when the Packers beat us.

He is a surefire Hall of Famer. He just needs to hang it up for good. He's a legend to the football world and is arguably among the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.

Stay retired, Brett. Stop messing with the legacy. Focus on your wife and kids. Shoot some more "Wrangler Jeans" commercials. No matter what you do, please, stay retired.


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