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Brett Favre Retires (for now)

August 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Brett Favre has announced today that he will not be returning to the Vikings next season. Yes this is big news, but let’s just say we’ve been here before. The result of being “the boy who cried ‘I’m retiring’ ” is that no one will take you seriously. As Packers linebacker Nick Barnett said of the news, “It’s like believing in Santa Claus. You get gifts, but you ain’t seen Santa Claus,” he said. “We’ll see what happens … If he does retire, congratulations. It’s a well-deserved retirement. But if he does come back, we’ll be gunning for him the same way.”

I’m sure most of the NFL and the entire country feels this same way. This time, however, I’m inclined to believe Brett. Unlike last off-season, Favre is coming off a great season. He threw 33 TDs and only 7 ints, (as opposed to his previous year with the Jets when he led the league in picks) and he led the Vikings all the way to the NFC Championship Game. Granted he single-handedly cost them a trip to the Super Bowl with his egregious late 4th quarter pick, but I think he reached a level last year that set the bar awfully high. I don’t think he can be anywhere near as good as he was last season, and I think Brett realizes this too. Everyone likes to go out on a high note. At times it seems unlikely that Favre cares an awful lot about his credibility, but surely he knows that backing out of retirement for a third consecutive year would create a public backlash that even he could not recover from.

In the end, this move is the best thing for the Vikings as well. It’s quite unlikely that Sage Rosenfels or Tavaris Jackson will be able to equal Favre’s 2009 output, but this closure lets the Vikings move on and look towards the future. It’s never a good situation to be strung along and wondering each year if it will be your quarterback’s last. The Vikings need someone for the long-haul who can be the facilitator to all of the great talent around him.

In the meantime, I will not officially believe Brett until he is talking before a podium at Canton, Ohio…and even then, I’ll remain skeptical.