Are you ready for some breaking news! The much esteemed and highly respected quarterback of the Minnesota Viking, Brett Favre, has officially declared that he has had his fill of quarterbacking and that it’s time to ride off into the sunset or wherever aging gunslingers go when their body is unable to keep up with the demands of the sport they love.
"I know it’s time, and that’s OK. It is," Favre said after the Vikings 20-13 defeat to the Lions. "Again, I hold no regrets, and I can’t think of too many players offhand that can walk away and say that. Individually and from a team standpoint, it was way more than I ever dreamed of."
Favre leaves the game not with a bang, but with a whimper and with a cloud of controversy when you take into account the whole ridiculous ‘TextGate’ scandal. His last game in the NFL was seen from the unfamiliar position of the sidelines as a concussion last week left him unable to participate in what will (almost) certainly be his last NFL game.
"One game, one season does not define me," Favre said. "There will be people saying it’s a shame you went out that way, this and that. I am truly grateful for the opportunity that, by the grace of God, I got a chance to play this game and play it at a high level and I’m honored. I hope that people admired the way I played, my passion for it, because I hold no regrets."
If you suspect a slight glimmer of doubt concerning how I’m portraying Favre’s retirement, then you are not only very astute but you’re also absolutely correct. You see, Favre has played the retirement card before, in fact, he’s played it twice before. He retired in 2008 from the Green Bay Packers and in 2009 from the New York Jets before joining the Vikings and, again, almost retiring last season. This time, however, he seems very adamant about this being it and has conveyed that feeling to the Vikings organization.
"All indications, when I talk with him, and we’ve had many, many discussions — this is it," said interim coach Leslie Frazier, who has agreed to become the team’s head coach, according to a report in the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. "I don’t even think it’ll be an issue in the future. I don’t see any situation that’s going to change his mind. You might say, ‘We’ll, we’ve been down that road before," but it’s different now. Things are different, in his life and in the organization’s life as well."
If he retires, Favre will do so with a number of NFL records. He is the career leader in victories (186), yards passing (71,838), touchdown passes (508), attempts (10,169), completions (6,300) and interceptions (336). He also led the Green Bay Packers to a SuperBowl title in 1997 and won 3 league MVP’s as the Packers starting quarterback.