Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Brett Favre Retires

It has become an annual tradition like training camp, Favre Watch. ESPN reporters camped out in front of the quarterbacks home in Mississippi hoping to get a glimpse and a scoop about when the battle worn quarterback would make his return to football. And now after three years of this behavior it appears to be coming to an end.

That’s right Brett Favre is retiring from football. And this time he means it.
According to Fox Sports Jay Glazer, Favre has been in contact with his teammates and told them he is not ready to come back to the NFL for his 20th season. The star QB simply sited the wear and tear on his body. It was only a few weeks ago that Favre underwent surgery to repair his ankle that was hurt late last season. He said he would reevaluate his decision to come back after the ankle has healed.

Most people assumed Favre would be ready to return to the Minnesota Vikings by midway August, after training camp had wrapped. After 19 years of attending camp Favre earned the right to skip out on two-a-days, and the majority of his teammates agreed with him on this point.

If Brett Favre, who turns 41 in October, officially retires, he will go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play. Favre holds numerous NFL records, including most career touchdown passes, most career passing yards, most career pass completions and most career victories as a starting quarterback.

But probably the most remarkable of all, Favre started a record 285 consecutive games during the regular season, an amazing feat for any player, let alone a quarterback, dating back to Sept. 27, 1992. To give you an idea of just how astounding that is, only one other active quarterback, Payton Manning, has more than 100 consecutive starts. And during that time, 212 other quarterbacks have started in the NFL.
If this is the end for the storied quarterback, it truly will mean the NFL has lost one of the legends of the game. And for this blogger, it is the official end of my childhood, as Favre was the one holdover from a NFL that has long past.


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