Brett Favre was the icon and rock of the Green Bay Packers and the NFL for nearly 20 years. Favre was known for keeping fans on the edge of their seats until the final whistle, making the big play (good or bad) and consistently waffling his playing decisions during consecutive offseasons.
Favre’s former agent Bus Cook made headlines Tuesday saying Favre could still play in the NFL because he is in the “best physical shape” Cook has ever seen him in. The Chicago Bears knocked Favre, a member of the Minnesota Vikings, out of a game on Monday Night Football at the end of the 2010 season and Favre hasn’t taken an NFL snap since.
Favre, who is also a grandpa, will turn 44 years old soon, and there is no way in on this earth he will return to the NFL. Favre is currently an assistant coach at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Miss., and the Warriors are undefeated so far on the young season. So it could be safe to say Coach Grandpa Favre is enjoying retirement for now.
Coming back to the NFL though would either redeem or ruin Favre’s legacy. He is the same player who helped revive the Packers franchise in their return to the Super Bowl. He is the only player in NFL history to win three consecutive MVP awards. He is the ultimate iron-man of football, starting 297 consecutive games.
But he is also the same person who retired not once, not twice, but three times during his NFL career. Favre kept the Packers organization in limbo for years while waffling his decisions on whether to return to the field or retire from the game. Favre was the guy who the Packers traded to the New York Jets because he wasn’t guaranteed the starting quarterback job before the 2008 season.
Lastly, Favre was the guy who initially called it quits after one year with the Jets before deciding to return and play for the Packers’ hated NFC North rival Vikings, possibly to spite of Packers General Manager Ted Thompson. So if Favre were to come back, my money is he would continue to ruin his legacy even more than he had done before.
Luckily, Packer fans never saw Favre reach the Super Bowl with the Vikings (2009 NFC Championship Game was awfully close though). Favre’s incredible 2009 season (33 touchdowns, seven interceptions) was followed up by a disastrous 2010 season (11 touchdowns, 19 interceptions). 2010 was Favre’s 20th NFL season, and it couldn’t have gone worse for him and the Vikings.
The defending NFC North champion Vikings fired head coach Brad Childress midway through the season. The Vikings finished last in the division, winning only six games. The Packers not only swept the season series away from Favre and the Vikings, but Favre got to witness his former understudy, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, lead the Packers to their fourth Super Bowl title in franchise history.
After his dismal final season in Minnesota, Favre retired from the game and he hasn’t returned to Pro Football since. Sure the Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Vikings, or Oakland Raiders could use Favre again, but why question the possibilities?
Favre needs to stay retired. Yes, he was one of the most exciting players fans have ever seen in all of professional sports, but the past is the past. For the most part, Packer fans have forgiven Favre and are just ready to see his No.4 retired above the crowd’s heads at Lambeau Field. It is time to see Favre’s name enshrined into Canton’s Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Packers.
Favre could maybe play football today, but he will redeem his legacy with increased time away from the game. It should be nothing more or nothing less with Favre in the next couple of years. Especially nothing more.