Brett Favre: Just retire already
So, for how many more years will we have to go through the Brett Favre retirement/unretirement drama? It’s become something of a running (and tiresome) annual joke. Even as a Bears fan, I have nothing against the highly respectable Favre, who is a guaranteed Hall-of-Famer and seems like a classy guy. But, really, isn’t enough enough?
I think it started two, maybe even three, or 17, years before Favre left Green Bay: At the end of each season, there were rumors that Favre was considering hanging it up and retiring from the NFL. During the offseason, the retirement talk would increase. Then, as it came time to talk about the future and the Packers’ direction with or without Favre, Brett would have to make up his mind. And he came back.
But then in 2008, after Favre had actually announced his retirement, only to turn all wishy-washy about it, the Packers decided it was time to move the franchise forward with Aaron Rodgers, the planned Favre successor who had been sitting idly for three seasons while Favre was persistently not retiring. The Packers wanted Favre to stay retired. Favre couldn’t do it, and ended up being traded to the Jets, where he had a much-media-circus-covered so-so season. After the season ended, he retired again.
And now, right on cue, after months of offseason press statements that seemed to indicate that Favre was done for good, mid-August rolls around and Favre pulls a 180 and signs with the Vikings. Surprise! Or, well, not really.
I’m thinking this soap opera could continue to repeat itself for years, if not for the reality that Favre, based on simple odds, is more and more likely headed for some sort of career-ending injury. The man turns 40 in October. A starting NFL quarterback at age 40. He’s tempting the fates of statistical probability. As Edward Norton said in Fight Club, on a long enough timeline, the survival rate of everyone drops to zero. Even Brett Favre.
Brett Favre really loves football, and/or really loves the spotlight. Forced retirement may be the only thing able to keep him out of the NFL. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.