FoxSports.com first broke the news and ESPN has subsequently broadcast that Brett Favre has filed his retirement papers with the league office again. You will forgive us, though, if we decide to take a wait-and-see approach to this latest news from Club Favre. After all, in 2008, he filed these same papers, only to rescind them awhile later and return to quarterback both the Jets and the Vikings along the way.
This time, though, it would seem that he is for real. After all, the previous two times he hinted at retirement it was shortly after coming so close to reaching the Super Bowl that many felt he could not go out without giving it one more shot. If you recall, he took the Packers to the NFC Championship only to get beaten by the Giants in the closing seconds. Then, last year, he had the Vikings right on the cusp, only to throw that late interception and give the Saints the overtime field goal to win it.
For the 41-year-old Favre, this season came with a much different ending, though. The physical pounding he took led to substantive injuries to both his shoulder, back, and ankle areas. His consecutive starts streak finally came to an end after a vicious hit in a late home game against the Bills; that seemed to be enough to sway the ancient warrior away from the game. You can’t overlook the fact that there may have been other factors involved, however.
In the early part of the season, Jenn Sterger, who was a former Jets employee, went public with charges of inappropriate text and photo messages from the superstar quarterback. The league undertook a long investigation, at which they concluded very late in the season that Favre was not forthcoming but they could not definitively say he had done the things he was accused of. He was fined $50,000 for not being fully cooperative with the investigation.
Pile on top of that now a lawsuit that two former Jets massage therapists are bringing against him and the team for being fired under questionable circumstances after they came forward, and you have the perfect recipe for getting the heck out of Dodge, stage right. Given probable surgery needed to repair this past season’s injuries, coupled with more legal problems, and you probably have a player the league really does not want to see anymore.
He was at one time the biggest draw the National Football League had to offer. He will always be considered one of the great warriors of the game, a fact borne out by that consecutive starts streak he amassed during his long career. However, the act has now seemingly worn thin and both he and the fans alike seem to be ready for him to go. It is not the best way to go out, but, like they say, sometimes players just don’t know when to leave.