Peter King And John Madden Are On Suicide Watch

America’s favorite quarterback has decided to hang it up after 16 years in the NFL, because he thought the Packers didn’t want him back (guess that snafu with the accidental publishing on the Packers’ web site got back to him, didn’t it?) and also because he was tired of the physical and mental grind (although agent Bus Cook thinks he wants to play one more year.) I personally will miss watching Favre on the field; I could never say that I watched a Packers game that he didn’t go balls out for in the pursuit of winning. He deserves his status as an NFL legend.

If it comes out that the Packers didn’t want him back, could you blame them? Up until about four years ago, it would have been utter sacrilege to think that Favre should have retired — he was one of the few things keeping a sub-par team afloat. As soon as he hit the late 30s, the questions began and he started holding Green Bay hostage until he made a decision on whether or not to come back every season, and until the 2007 season, he was providing a template for Rex Grossman’s entire quarterbacking existence in Chicago with his proclivity towards throwing interceptions.

I would not dispute Favre’s credentials, and believe he’ll go to Canton easy. But let us not forget that this is the man who developed an “aw shucks” cult of personality around him, where sportswriters and analysts fawned in absolutely disgusting ways on a week-to-week basis (Joe Buck, looking at you too there, sir) — never mind excusing all-too human foibles in Favre that never, ever would have been permitted for other NFL players, particularly black ones. Do you think Donovan McNabb would have survived the pillory if he had been addicted to painkillers and outed as an alcoholic? Really?

I lost respect for Favre when he started holding the team hostage every season, but I lost a lot more when he guilt-tripped Javon Walker out of a holdout in 2004. Walker wanted to renegotiate his contract after a very good season; Favre took management’s side and the media lined up to call Walker selfish every hour, on the hour. Walker caved, and snapped his ACL on the first play of the 2005 season.

The next year, Favre began his retirement power plays, with no sense of irony.

So, you’ll have to excuse me a bit — I just want the paeans and brown-nosing to have some sense of levity as ESPN runs soft-focus profiles all day.

Favre Has Decided to Call It a Career [Fox Sports]
Favre Tells Packers He’s Retiring [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]


7 Responses

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  2. Trust the weekend I go out of town to be the weekend of huge football news! Randy coming back to the Pats, Favre finally taking a bow, and a less-reported but no less important headline: Lance Briggs signs a 6-year deal with the Bears.

    (Suddenly everybody who wondered why Da Bears stood pat at the QB position is going “Ahhh…”)

  3. Hold on… is Favre’s daughter old enough to play QB? I mean, if not, she will be soon, right? I think that’s what we should hold out for.

  4. P.S. I can report from Austin that local Spurs fans are extremely pleased with the recent win streak. To the point of buying my beers when I mention it.

  5. Ajax – that’s a lot of mediocrity at QB in one division now.

    Extra P. – she’s in college, I think, and just out there having a lot of fun, it looks like.

  6. So you hate Favre because of the Walker thing. Since this post seems racially tinged you could point to how Favre took Koren Robinson(alcoholism) under his wing. He publicly bitched at the NFL that it was crap that a suspended player couldn’t practice with his team since it isolates them even more. I admire he called Robinson weekly and helped him with his battle. He should up to the biggest management there is, the NFL.

  7. Your title says it all. Favre is truly a great quarterback, but it sucks that the last image of him is the INT he threw that helped send the Giants to the Super Bowl. It’s a little ironic that he decides to retire rigtht after Moss re-signed with the Patriots even though he says its not an issue. There’s no way that this had nothing to do with it.

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