The NFL Without Brett Favre Just Wouldn't Be the Same

Stephen Kasper@skasper06Correspondent IJuly 12, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings reacts after he threw a 5-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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His Superbowl and Sears commercials are hilarious.

He is the ideal family man.

He makes the NFL better.

He is 40 year old future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre.

Many thought they could ridicule him for his “Will he retire?” or “Will he come back?” deal and what happened? That crazy 40 year old man not only flipped it on us, but did it in humorous, classy fashion as seen in those commercials.

First of all, I want to go on the record and say I have been behind Brett since he originally "retired" from the Packers to come back—regardless of where it was.

I wish he could play football until my kids grow up just so I can push them to go to the NFL and play with Brett Favre.

I have yet to have the chance to see Favre live, but I have this feeling it would be like seeing Michael Jordan or Muhammad Ali live, and did we ever wish they would just retire?

Brett Favre said this Minnesota Vikings team he played with is the best team he has ever been on. Does anyone care to argue that?

No, he didn’t win the Superbowl, but that doesn’t mean this Vikings team isn’t better than any Packers team he played on—including the '96-'97 Superbowl-winning Packers team.

Bottom line is, Favre has the weapons around him and is playing damn good football himself. Coming back should be a no-brainer.

Of course there is the issue of his family.

His wife Deanna and daughter Brittany play a huge role in his decision. After watching their husband and father take quite the pummeling in the NFC Championship, it would be easy for them to want him to stay home.

For nearly two decades Brett has played football in the NFL.

I was four years old when the Falcons drafted him 1991, and while I would easily understand a decision to retire for good, part of me selfishly says don't listen to your family if they want you to retire.

He is the last of his kind.

An endangered species of not only quarterbacks, but players, and the NFL wouldn’t be the same without him.

How many other 40 year old men will tackle their teammate in the end zone after catching a touchdown?

He is 40 years old and plays like he is 20. No one has more fun playing this game than Brett Favre.

He still throws hard enough to break the hands and fingers of his receivers and in 2009 he statistically had the best year of his career.

Peyton Manning had arguably his best season ever as well, and no one is saying he should retire.

Just because Brett is “old” can't possibly constitute as good enough reason for him to retire.

He is still a top five quarterback and an automatic starter on about 25 of the 32 teams in the NFL.

He definitely still plays better than other starting quarterbacks like Alex Smith, Matt Cassel, Matt Hasselbeck, David Garrard, and several others.

Jared Allen calls Brett Favre the “Silver Fox.”

I’m not sure why or how he got that nickname, but I’ve got a hunch it’s not because he should stop playing football.


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