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For Brett Favre, the end came 11 months too late

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After Brett Favre stood on the sideline and watched his Minnesota Vikings lose on Monday night, he was asked whether he regrets coming back for a 20th NFL season. He insisted that he doesn’t.

“I’ll think more about last season than I will this season, but you take the good with the bad,” Favre said. “At least I won’t look back and say, ‘I wonder if I played could we have done this or that.’ We know now.””

But it’s those three words, We know now, that so perfectly demonstrate why Favre — though he’ll never admit it — certainly must regret returning for 2010. Favre cares about his legacy, and the last 11 months have done nothing but tarnish it.

Favre’s 2009 season was nothing short of extraordinary: He came out of “retirement” to join the Vikings in August and for the next five months far exceeded everyone’s expectations, putting together the best statistical season of his career in the year he turned 40. Yes, the season ended with disappointment in an NFC Championship Game loss to the New Orleans Saints, but 31 NFL teams end their seasons in disappointment every year. For Favre to take the Vikings to the brink of the Super Bowl would have been a fitting end to his Hall of Fame career.

If Favre had announced his retirement after that loss to the Saints, he would have remained a mostly beloved figure in the NFL, even if Packers fans would always feel some bitterness that Favre didn’t finish his career in Green Bay. Instead Favre decided, after another protracted offseason of flirting with retirement, to return in 2010.

And just as 2009 was better than anyone could have imagined, 2010 has been worse. Worse statistically (his 69.6 passer rating is his lowest ever, just as his 107.2 rating last year was his highest), worse in the standings (Favre has a losing record as a starter for just the third time in his career), and most of all worse for Favre’s public reputation.

If Favre would have walked away and stayed away after the 2009 season, his final year would have seemed noble. Instead he came back for a beefed-up contract in a 2010 season that feels like a cash grab. And consider what the revelations of 2010 have done for Favre’s personal reputation: Had Favre retired 11 months ago, we likely never would have heard about Jenn Sterger accusing him of sexual harassment. Or if we had, the story would have been confined mostly to tabloids, and not the focus of a season-long investigation by the NFL.

We don’t know for sure if Favre is done; his shoulder could heal sufficiently for him to get back onto the field this season for the Vikings. But at this point the Vikings are just playing out the string at the end of a bad season, and it will hardly even matter to NFL fans if Favre takes the field again.

Great performers know to leave the stage with the audience wanting more. Favre came back for a 20th season and is now leaving the stage with football fans wishing he would have walked away sooner.

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  1. brazy44 says: Dec 14, 2010 1:17 PM

    20 years in the NFL, never missing a game till that 20th year and he’s tarnishing his legacy? You reached on that one Michelle.
    Guys a first ballot hall of famer, good ole’ boy gunslinger. Loved the game like a die hard fan.
    Nothing outside of cheating/steroids/double homicide will tarnish his legacy. Moron.

  2. dilberry says: Dec 14, 2010 1:18 PM

    He tarnished his legacy circa 2006.

  3. rickytan80 says: Dec 14, 2010 1:18 PM

    People who actually care about when others should or should not retire are morons.

  4. jephquery says: Dec 14, 2010 1:18 PM

    Here’s the reason why the 3 Vikings flew down to “convince” Brett to come back:

    He knew the Sterger controversy wasn’t coming out for months (Deanna did too). He had the 3 guys fly down to get him out of Mississippi because he couldn’t stand Deanna’s constant nagging. He wanted to come back for the Vikings all along, especially to get away from his wife and the 3 guys showing up helped him get out of there.

  5. roethlisberger says: Dec 14, 2010 1:20 PM

    “Great performers know to leave the stage with the audience wanting more.”

    Two words. Jerry Seinfeld. The polar opposite of Brett Favre.

  6. wydok says: Dec 14, 2010 1:20 PM

    Favre should have retired when he left Green Bay.

  7. damnskins703 says: Dec 14, 2010 1:22 PM

    After he retires will he still be on wrangler commercials?

  8. ytsejamer1 says: Dec 14, 2010 1:23 PM

    not for nothing, but he had about $13-14m reasons to come back this season and they gave him $4m more!

    Bobby The Brain said it best… “They say money can’t buy happiness..but give me a $50 and look at me smile!”

  9. charleswoodson says: Dec 14, 2010 1:25 PM

    Don’t be surprised if he returns in 2011.

    What else would he do? Rather do?

  10. medtxpack says: Dec 14, 2010 1:26 PM

    no substance here. no one will remember it 20 years from now. find something better to write about.

  11. heyguru1969 says: Dec 14, 2010 1:26 PM

    This article is shameless. You fail to see some of the nuances we’ve learned this year. None of us lay-people (pardon the expression) had ever thought about, much less SEEN “Little Brett” before 2010. You’re saying Mike Myers should have quit moviemaking after Wayne’s World, but had he not gone on to do Austin Powers, the world would never have known “Mini-Me”. As they say way too many times every Sunday morning, “C’mon, MAN!!”

  12. hobartbaker says: Dec 14, 2010 1:26 PM

    I bet Brett is so remorseful he’ll probably return the $20 million he earned this year.

    Seriously, I don’t think he cares one iota what people think about him, good or bad. Plus he is more interesting sitting on the bench, nursing a disgusting purple right hand, than 98% of the players in the league are, or ever will ever be. Including Mashed Potatohead Manning.

  13. oldbrowndawg says: Dec 14, 2010 1:29 PM

    41 isn’t old for a rocket scientist, but it’s ancient for an NFL player — even a QB. Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Delhomme would do well to learn from this and get out now with a modicum of dignity before they get cut at the end of this season. Time marches on. Learn, guys, learn.

  14. simonpta says: Dec 14, 2010 1:30 PM

    Give it a rest already.

  15. pervyharvin says: Dec 14, 2010 1:33 PM

    I think you are totally wrong smith. Favre didn’t get that streak by walking away or being a quitter. Favre didn’t know Rice wouldn’t be there for him. The Vikings had most players from last season and I’m sure he felt they had a chance at a good run again. How did he know that Sterger skank would pop out and crap on everything? Guys like Favre don’t fear the future,they just play. Who the hell has the right to tell Favre what he should have done? Certainly not you Mr. Smith. If he didn’t come back, us Favre fans and Favre himself would have wondered if he could of did it this year after last years great play. Just didn’t work out.

  16. stixzidinia says: Dec 14, 2010 1:34 PM

    If Favre had announced his retirement after that loss to the Saints, he would have remained a mostly beloved figure in the NFL,

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    No, he wouldn’t have. Favre was almost universally reviled by that point. His act had gotten old long before that game. People were watching in hopes to see him fail and choke it away…..which of course he did. If he’d stayed retired after that presser in Green Bay where he squeezed out alligator tears he’d have remained universally loved. But that was his last chance.

  17. dragonfly99 says: Dec 14, 2010 1:35 PM

    Its unfortunate that the Vikings organization were so desperate they had to send three of their top players to his home in Mississippi last summer to beg him to return when he would have been much better off just staying retired.

  18. medialovesthecowboys says: Dec 14, 2010 1:41 PM

    Getting sacked by the hapless Bills. That’s Favre’s last play. My man, Aikman got knocked out by a hapless Lavar Arrington. Marino lost 62-7 in a divisional playoff game to Jacksonville. Its sad the way some of the greats go out.

  19. roddy84 says: Dec 14, 2010 1:44 PM

    Dead wrong. You media folks ALWAYS say that so and so stayed around too long. It was great to see Favre play another year. It wasn’t pretty at times but so what. He gave it his best and it didn’t work out. Having few receivers and no offensive line certainly didn’t help.

    Let’s take away your computer and see how you do writing this predictable stuff each week.

  20. hockey64 says: Dec 14, 2010 1:44 PM

    “Favre cares about his legacy, and the last 11 months have done nothing but tarnish it.”

    If history is any guide we tend to forget football icons last years in the game. Most don’t remember Johnny Unitas as a San Diego Charger, Broadway Joe as a Los Angeles Ram, Jerry Rice as a Oakland Raider or Joe Montana as a Kansas City Chief.

  21. jusford says: Dec 14, 2010 1:46 PM

    You’re wrong. If he would have stayed retired as a Packer, NONE of this would have happened. He would have never met Sterger, he wouldn’t have taken the last two years of getting his body beat down, and he could be collecting some decent cash representing the Packers. But hey, at least his final play won’t be an interception, hope the cash was worth it.

  22. jerruhjones says: Dec 14, 2010 1:48 PM

    Please…make it stop.

  23. bartpkelly says: Dec 14, 2010 1:49 PM

    “”Great performers know to leave the stage with the audience wanting more. Favre came back for a 20th season and is now leaving the stage with football fans wishing he would have walked away sooner.””

    Wrong…Jerry Rice…Great Performer, stayed too long. Franco Harris…Great Performer, stayed too long.

    Barry Sanders…People were really angry he didn’t stay.
    Jim Brown…People were angry he didn’t stay

    John Elway…about the only one who got it right, and I think he was lucky to have that team around him as he easily could have gone out as an average QB in his last year.

  24. dryheaveone says: Dec 14, 2010 1:53 PM

    The love fest ESPN was for Favre having last night made me sick. At one point Trent Dilfer and Tom Jackson were saying they “wouldn’t have a problem” if Favre just went in to take ONE SNAP in order to extend the streak……ARE YOU FREEKING KIDDING ME?? Favre is already part of a fraudulent record (giving himself up for Strahan’s sack record)……just what did Favre do to become such a, “media darling”??

  25. 4sacroc says: Dec 14, 2010 1:53 PM

    We want to see him turned into a human pinata these next three weeks.

    1. Activate him.

    2. Maim him.

    3. Be done with him.

  26. stetai says: Dec 14, 2010 1:53 PM

    You’re wrong. First of all, after last season he wasn’t remembered for being “noble”, you’re changing history. he was being remembered for “costing the Vikings the NFC championship”. You and all the other media type crucified him and blamed him and only him for them losing that game.

    You all replayed the INT over and over again and said things like “He’ll only be remembered for that last INT”.

    He doesn’t regret this season because it answered questions of “What If?” which is why he came back every year for the past 3 years. And that is the truth.

  27. importantpftcomment says: Dec 14, 2010 1:57 PM

    Thanks for your opinion, but you are way off base. True football fans, true Vikings fans know that Favre gave us the best chance to win given the QB’s that we had.

    You say that Favre regrets coming back for 2010 but that is nothing but what PFT does best. Reading between the lines.

    For once, just once, take someone at their word, not what you think they are saying!

  28. anarchopurplism says: Dec 14, 2010 2:00 PM

    Did Joe Montana, Joe Namath, Tony Dorsett or Jerry Rice tarnish their careers by not hanging up the cleats soon enough? Heck no.

    If you’ve been a no-talent, non-jock, stat-geek you might think that.

    Anyone who has enjoyed playing any sport post-high school knows how much fun competition is. Go to any gym and check out the old dudes playing bball with their ankle wraps & knee braces on as proof. THEY DON’T WANT THE FUN TO STOP.

    The guy came back at the highest level in his game for one more year. Anyone who watch 2009 could not have blamed him.

    The Sterger incident does not speak to his career, it speaks to his character; which has scored low on the morale-scale his entire career.

  29. yashraba says: Dec 14, 2010 2:02 PM

    yeah, the Vikings would have been MUCH better with Tavaris Jackson under center all year

  30. sdw2001 says: Dec 14, 2010 2:03 PM

    stixzidinia says:

    No, he wouldn’t have. Favre was almost universally reviled by that point. His act had gotten old long before that game. People were watching in hopes to see him fail and choke it away…..which of course he did. If he’d stayed retired after that presser in Green Bay where he squeezed out alligator tears he’d have remained universally loved. But that was his last chance.

    Universally reviled? Are you on freaking crack? I liked him more and more the older he got, whereas I never liked him before. I even started enjoying all the retirement nonsense. He manipulated the media masterfully. And he just kept on going on the field. The guy’s a legend. Granted, he threw the pic at the end of the NO games, but if Peterson could hold on to the ball, it wouldn’t have come down to that.

  31. mnviking says: Dec 14, 2010 2:04 PM

    After watching one of the worst Viking games ever last night, it made me think that maybe Brett Favre wasn’t to bad after all this season.

    T-Jack is AWFUL!!!!!

    Our team is better with Brett Favre at the helm!

    Lets play Joe Webb!

  32. mnviking says: Dec 14, 2010 2:05 PM

    There is a reason why the coaches always said if Brett can play he is playing!

  33. puddinpouch says: Dec 14, 2010 2:07 PM

    @jusford “but hey, at least his final play won’t be an interception…”

    Yes it will.

  34. deke952 says: Dec 14, 2010 2:08 PM

    For Brett, it was all about him, and his distaste for team and sharing the limelight. At Green Bay, he knew he had a quality QB nipping at his heels and a coach/GM that expected conformity and wouldn’t be afraid to make the switch to Rodgers once they grew tired of the ol’ gunslinger routine. At Minny, they had bad backup QB’s and a weak coach/GM/owner, a perfect situation for a man with child-like emotions and desires. Now, sadly, his career comes to a close with both his body and his routine having worn out.

  35. deke952 says: Dec 14, 2010 2:11 PM

    “But hey, at least his final play won’t be an interception, hope the cash was worth it.”

    Actually, it was

  36. ninjapleazee says: Dec 14, 2010 2:12 PM

    as much as I got annoyed with him, I still respect him as a player. He gave it his all on the field and there’s not a lot of players you say that about these days. Thanks Farve

  37. salmen76 says: Dec 14, 2010 2:13 PM

    This article is dead on Michael. I have a personal policy that goes like this, “never feel sorry for a millionaire”. Brett Favre got exactly what he was looking for, “attention”. Ha Ha. Might not be the kind of attention he wanted but he got it. Ha Ha. He’s a scrub QB with one SB victory. And, he lost a SB. Joe Montanna never lost a SB. Neither did Terry Bradshaw. Brady lost a SB to Eli Manning. Peyton Manning lost a SB to my Saints. We da Champs. So, the way i see it Joe Montanna and Tery Bradshaw are better QBs than whinny little lets sleep with whoever we can Brett Favre. Ha Ha. I laugh in his face. get back on your tracktor and cut grass and drink beer and sulk in your dissappointing career. Ha Ha.

  38. dfrooney says: Dec 14, 2010 2:15 PM

    As a football fan…I would rather see Favre roll into the game in a wheel chair than watch Tarvaris Jackson.

  39. xtb3 says: Dec 14, 2010 2:17 PM

    Yes, it happened in the Conference championship gameb when Vikings kept fumbling the ball BUT the dagger stuck into his heart was after Favre had kmoved the Vikings almost to fieldgoal range and had the exhausted Saints defense at his mercy and was trying to continue running his no-huddle that was working perfect, the idiot Childress came running out on athe field and called a timeout. A too many players opn the field foolowed, the Saints had time to get their breath back and Favre now forced back farther and already angry at the dimwit coach threw that pick.

    Childress ended Favre’s dream ending – end of story. And it was last year.

  40. theytukrjobs says: Dec 14, 2010 2:17 PM

    You regret most in life the chances you don’t take. Hindsight is 20/20 and I or course he regrets coming back now. But had he not come back at all for this season, he’d regret it even more, especially as time goes on. At least he can hang up his cleats knowing he left it all on the field.

    Only fools regret decisions based on outcomes alone. It is easy to sit here and say “he shoulda hung them up”. That is stating the obvious. But 6 months ago that wasn’t at all obvious, especially coming off probably his best season ever.

    Most players actually don’t retire after their best seasons. Most players retire after injury and/or their worst seasons.

  41. n1kki6 says: Dec 14, 2010 2:19 PM

    “But it’s those three words, We know now, that so perfectly demonstrate why Favre — though he’ll never admit it — certainly must regret returning for 2010. Favre cares about his legacy, and the last 11 months have done nothing but tarnish it.”

    How does that logic work compared to the alternative. He comes back and they suck while he is sitting at home and he then wonders and in his mind would think he would have been the difference maker.

  42. tighterend says: Dec 14, 2010 2:21 PM

    Didn’t Favre make a cool mil by just standing there on the sidelines being Brett Favre? I’m guessing when he looks at the balance in his bank account at the end of the season, he will conclude that anyone who thinks he retired 11 months too late is a moron.

  43. grogansheroes says: Dec 14, 2010 2:27 PM

    11 months too late? More like 11 years!

  44. dprouse says: Dec 14, 2010 2:27 PM

    The next round of Favre worship will be around the lifetime of injuries. Expect an endless series of fawning stories about the alleged physical difficulties he is facing, surgery he needs, blah blah blah. It won’t be any different from hundreds of former NFL players, save for the fact that it is Saint Brett.

  45. bradshawlives says: Dec 14, 2010 2:29 PM

    He also would’ve gotten his revenge on the Packers if he hadn’t come back for 2010. Instead, they humiliated him the way he did them the year before. Coming back gave Ted Thompson the last laugh. Coming back wasn’t smart……..but the old INTslinger has never been accused of being smart.

  46. nygfan says: Dec 14, 2010 2:36 PM

    I will admit I hated the “I’m retired, I’m back” bit. I lost a lot of respect for him as a result. I will give him props for not just trying to extend his streak by taking one snap and walking off the field. He said he wouldn’t and he didn’t. Farve has had a great career and he has giving us fans a lot to talk about and enjoy over the past 18 years.

  47. bluestree says: Dec 14, 2010 2:39 PM

    pervyharvin says:
    Dec 14, 2010 1:33 PM
    Just didn’t work out.
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    Brilliant. Insightful.
    ________________________

    hockey64 says:
    Dec 14, 2010 1:44 PM
    Most don’t remember Johnny Unitas as a San Diego Charger, Broadway Joe as a Los Angeles Ram, Jerry Rice as a Oakland Raider or Joe Montana as a Kansas City Chief.
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    They didn’t send pictures of their genitals to cheerleaders. No one will ever mention Favre and his streak without thinking about this final season.
    Brett humiliated his family. He made a fool of himself. And he made fools of Brad Childress, Zygi Wilf and the Vikings franchise.

  48. 4sacroc says: Dec 14, 2010 2:40 PM

    Here’s a fun stat on Favre:

    HIS LAST FOUR SEASONS HAVE ENDED WITH PICKS.

    (GB) 2007 vs. Giants in NFC title tilt… DOH!

    (NY) 2008 vs. Dolphins and Chad Pennington ….Eeesh

    (MINN) 2009 vs. Saints …Paul Allen KFAN call is priceless

    2010 vs. Bills … Face plant; game over, season over; career over….YANKEES WIN …….THaaaaaaa…. YANKEES WIIIIIIIN! Oops, channeled The Sterling there ….

  49. theoriginalcaptainmarvel says: Dec 14, 2010 2:43 PM

    To say that Jen woman has anything to do with Favre’s legacy….well let me say that is the dumbest thing I have ever read. I seriously can’t think of a more stupid statement. She’s no different than a street-walker, except for the price. We’ve all texted girls messages that would be embarrassing if revealed to the whole world. Well unless you’re a total loser like most of the guys taking her side.

  50. maddog111 says: Dec 14, 2010 2:51 PM

    Who are you, or any of us, to decide when Brett Favre should retire? If he or any other player wants to play until they’re sitting on the end of the bench, making the league minimum, that’s their decision. He owes us nothing.

  51. slatetundra07 says: Dec 14, 2010 2:51 PM

    Bottom line…when he’s finally done with his career…he wouldn’t give hoot about what you and I think!

  52. tombradyswig says: Dec 14, 2010 2:51 PM

    HAS-BEEN!!!

  53. shaggytoodle says: Dec 14, 2010 2:57 PM

    It was a fun ride Brett.

    If you are seriously done, with Minnesota I can go back to remembering all the cool stuff you have done, like throwing a TD after suffering a concussion a few plays earlier to keep the streak alive for consecutive games against with a TD vs the G-Men and not remembering it when the coaches asked you how you knew where to throw that ball.

  54. mrcowpatty says: Dec 14, 2010 3:09 PM

    Bret who? Oh, you mean that TV announcers.

  55. rameyag says: Dec 14, 2010 3:09 PM

    Even Johnny Unitas, probably the greatest QB in NFL history, stayed too long.

    Did it tarnish his legacy? Not really.

    I said before the season began that Favre would throw more INTs than TDs and wouldn’t finish the season, but does anyone seriously contend that the Vikings would have made the playoffs with T-Jack? C’mon, man.

    I agree with the basic premise that Favre should have hung it up last season.

    Heck, he should have hung it up in 2007, as he crashed and burned with the Jets in 2008; took the Vikings to the brink in 2009, but threw it away with another terrible pick like he did with the Packers against the Giants; and 2010 has been an unmitigated disaster.

    His ego is never satisfied, however, and this season has been about karma, baby — what goes around. . . .

    Just like Randy Moss, his most just punishment will coming to terms with how quickly a player is no longer relevant after he is no longer performing at a high level.

    Next. . . .

  56. theoriginalcaptainmarvel says: Dec 14, 2010 3:10 PM

    More reasons why it was good for Favre to come back: 1) Vikings/Saints was highest rated Thursday game ever 2) He set career record with 446 yards vs Arizona 3) Vikings at Packers was also one of the highest rated and most anticipated games; Packers finally beat Favre, but it took 2 bad calls on TD’s that the refs even admitted were bad. 4) Vikings had a lot of bad breaks (front-loaded schedule of tough road games, Rice out, bad coach finally fired)…..so don’t blame it all on Favre.

  57. slatetundra07 says: Dec 14, 2010 3:12 PM

    Well…I’m sure if Favre had used his magic crystal ball that he bought off of ebay…he never would have never came back this season…or made all those boneheaded plays he did in his career.

    It’s life…live a little will ya.

  58. grinderwi says: Dec 14, 2010 3:14 PM

    Is it just me or do the Favre haters sound like a bunch of cry baby chicken hawks? Seriously… the guy gave it another shot and it didn’t work out. I can tell you that as a 40 year Viking fan it’s been a fun ride win or lose so deal with it.

  59. leroysbutler says: Dec 14, 2010 3:14 PM

    jusford says:
    Dec 14, 2010 1:46 PM
    You’re wrong. If he would have stayed retired as a Packer, NONE of this would have happened. He would have never met Sterger, he wouldn’t have taken the last two years of getting his body beat down, and he could be collecting some decent cash representing the Packers. But hey, at least his final play won’t be an interception, hope the cash was worth it.

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    His last pass was an interception. And won me some cash. Thanks Brett.

  60. righthereisay says: Dec 14, 2010 3:19 PM

    He got his 500 td’s. He missed out on 300 starts, but he got the 500 td’s. Season was a success (for him)

  61. xtb3 says: Dec 14, 2010 3:23 PM

    Favre was very loyal to his Vikings last night. Even his throwing arm and hand were purple.

  62. jimmy1smith says: Dec 14, 2010 3:26 PM

    If BrINT didn’t come back this year, the Packers couldn’t have beaten the Vikings twice to even things out. The horror of losing to the Vikings twice the year before only to see Favre retire would have been like grains of sand in your shoe, it would have bother us forever.

    So thank god he return to suck for 2010, give the Packers two games and make it right with the world once again.

  63. quentin673 says: Dec 14, 2010 3:29 PM

    Brett Favre is kinda like the Phil Niekro of pro football. Maybe a little bit better. Everyone likes to talk about his yards and touchdowns and consecutive game streak and how that makes him such a great football player but the fact that he has almost as many turnovers as tds doesnt mean anything? What about his mediocre playoff record? The fact is the man was a great player for about a 4-5 year stretch in the 90’s and was inconsistant to say the least for the rest. Hall worthy, sure why not. But this praise and idea that he can do no wrong from some of these ball washers is ridiculous.

  64. loydbridge says: Dec 14, 2010 3:34 PM

    I’m just thankful that I got a chance to see Brett play for his entire career – both with Green Bay and Minnesota.

    Instead of thinking about whether a person should have come or gone from the sports scene earlier or later; I submit it is better to have witnessed the best they offered, and not dwell on the least.

    Thank you Brett for a great game, 297 times.

    And, thank you for the memories.

    God Bless!

  65. acmepacker says: Dec 14, 2010 3:58 PM

    As a packer fan, I didn’t like to see him go put on a purple uniform, in fact I hated it. I have to thank him for a lot of thrills for a lot of years at GB though, and when all this dust settles, he will always be a Packer to a lot of us, and a lot of bad feelings will be forgotten. He did give us everything he had for a long time, Diva or not. Thanx for the good times Brett.

  66. rockieschef says: Dec 14, 2010 4:06 PM

    The greatest sports heist of the century,,,,,Ron Wolf swiping Favre from the Falcons,,,sheer genius. Favre did a TON of great things in Green Bay, a team owned by the city not these corporate a**holes like the rest of the 31 teams in the NFL. Favre is a HOF’er. Make no mistake,,,when he is inducted, GBP fans will forget about the Yets and the Queens. Respect Favre.

  67. packrulzm says: Dec 14, 2010 4:16 PM

    theoriginalcaptainmarvel says:
    Dec 14, 2010 3:10 PM
    Vikings at Packers was also one of the highest rated and most anticipated games; Packers finally beat Favre, but it took 2 bad calls on TD’s that the refs even admitted were bad. 4) Vikings had a lot of bad breaks (front-loaded schedule of tough road games, Rice out, bad coach finally fired)…..so don’t blame it all on Favre.
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    Wow, I think you failed to mention last years powder puff front loaded schedule. Also, I believe the Packers kicked the living crap out of your team IN THE DOME!

  68. canalzonebaby says: Dec 14, 2010 4:18 PM

    yes, bad year. yes, wrong decision. tarnish his legacy? remember unitas in san diego? remember namath in san francisco? remember bart starr’s last year in green bay? the greats often don’t know when to quit. favre gave us at great 2009. he gave us many great years. he’s also given us some not so good years. and now he’s given us one pathetic year. he’s human. just like you and me. i will miss him, just like i miss unitas, namath and starr.

  69. kimcon22000 says: Dec 14, 2010 4:32 PM

    Favre came back for a 20th season and is now leaving the stage with football fans wishing he would have walked away sooner.
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    Speak for yourself you zit-faced novice …………..

  70. douglasdaly says: Dec 14, 2010 4:43 PM

    Not that I need to defend a zillionaire whom I’ll never meet, but:

    There is no tarnish to his legacy. Like most if not all really great players, he continued to play as long as he could. Is Joe Montana’s legacy tarnished? How about Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, Magic Johnson, Jerry Rice, Shaquille Oneal, Lance Armstrong, Muhammad Ali, …?

    Favre is clearly one of the great quarterbacks and arguably the toughest to ever play the game.

    Do we really need another boilerplate article that talks about tarnished legacies and being past their prime?

  71. afc22 says: Dec 14, 2010 4:45 PM

    you guys are great at taking what people say and re-interpreting to mean something else

  72. TroyPsHair says: Dec 14, 2010 4:49 PM

    xtb3 says:
    Dec 14, 2010 3:23 PM
    Favre was very loyal to his Vikings last night. Even his throwing arm and hand were purple.

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    LOL

  73. 1historian says: Dec 14, 2010 5:08 PM

    ‘He is now leaving the stage with fans wishing he could have walked away sooner’ – spot on.

    You remember what he used to be and you look at what he is now. His legacy is gone – there is nothing left of it. And he has no one to blame but himself.

    The annual (tearful) retirement, followed by the annual playing hard-to-get and then coming back, the annual last pass of the year being a game-losing pick, last summer’s pathetic little episode of Vikings teammates going to Mississippi to talk him into one last season, the texting scandal with the floozy from the jets – his mom and wife and daughter must be – enough is enough.

    Bret – please just go away

  74. notoriusbug says: Dec 14, 2010 5:09 PM

    “So thank god he return to suck for 2010, give the Packers two games and make it right with the world once again.”

    Won’t matter…the Packers will not make the playoffs this year…and that makes me happy.

  75. 1historian says: Dec 14, 2010 5:10 PM

    ‘his mom and wife and daughters must be really proud of that one – enough is enough.

  76. superbowlhomeboy says: Dec 14, 2010 5:20 PM

    Here’s a fun stat on Favre:

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    He’s got more money than you ever will…does that count as another one?

  77. bucforever says: Dec 14, 2010 5:33 PM

    Brett will probably have to play in the UFL or join ESPN or NBC to help pay the alimony his long suffering wife is going to hit him with, ala Tiger Woods, when the season ends. Watch for it !

  78. pervyharvin says: Dec 14, 2010 5:45 PM

    Brett Favre is like a boxer. He will play until he gets the crap beat out of him and is not needed any more.Ali,Leonard, etc. all went out on the canvas. Favre just happens to have their mind set. We’ll see if this years beating will make him finally hang up the jock.

  79. mborz says: Dec 14, 2010 6:03 PM

    I’m not a big Favre fan, but all of the second guessing is pretty silly. I truly think he cares more about playing football than what the media or fans think of him.

    What if he was worried about his “legacy” and therefore didn’t come back to play for the Vikings at all (2009 season)? He would have missed out on one of his best seasons, right?

    What if he didn’t come back this season and the Vikings failed with Jackson (which I imagine they would have). Would the media have been asking what the Vikings would have been able to do if Favre came back? Would they be saying he retired one year too soon? Would they be saying he should have at least tried to see what would happen?

    My point is that these what-ifs are pointless. We could go on and on with them and get nowhere.

    It is what it is. He came back last year and had a great season. He came back this year and had a poor season.

  80. packrulzm says: Dec 14, 2010 6:15 PM

    notoriusbug says:
    Won’t matter…the Packers will not make the playoffs this year…and that makes me happy.
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    I agree that the Pack probably will not make the playoffs. However, I feel pretty good about the Packers chances over the next several years. How do you feel about the Vikings? No OL, an old DL, no secondary, a boatload (Ha, I snuck it in there) of free agents and oh yeah, no QB of the future!

  81. granadafan says: Dec 14, 2010 6:34 PM

    Tough guy and a first ballot hall of famer? Yes. Exciting to watch? Yes. Media darling? Yes. Media whore Diva? Yes. Crybaby d-bag? Yes.

  82. ontboltfan says: Dec 14, 2010 6:48 PM

    I don’t care what he does, just stop covering his almost incoherent babbling about his injuries or crappy play after every loss.

    He has always been a bonehead but this year has proven he just doesn’t have any mental goods left. Count to 4 and look around if you can’t sense the pressure. Dude gets hit so much he can hardly string a sentence together.

  83. gunner1970 says: Dec 14, 2010 7:06 PM

    One of the greatest QB’s ever. Played the game old school. It’s pretty hard to leave something you love doing when everything is going right. Favre had a great year last year, so why wouldn’t he come back! A very small percentage get to leave the game like John Elway did. Even Joe Montana hung around a little to long.

    Everyone needs to give Favre a break. He’s done more for football then anyone here, and probably done more then 95% of the people that even played the game. No he’s not a saint, but, can you look in the mirror and say you are!?!?

  84. Deb says: Dec 14, 2010 7:15 PM

    Favre didn’t force the Vikes to woo him or cough up $20 mil. Since she never filed a complaint, the NFL had no reason to pursue the Sterger matter. He’s not the only married player to hit on a woman; most women just don’t keep records for future use. He wasn’t responsible for player injuries or lackluster defense. He was only responsible for sometimes playing poorly.

    Would it have been better to leave on last year’s high note? Sure. But it would have been better for Emmitt Smith to retire a Cowboy than a Cardinal and for Franco Harris to finish a Steeler than a Seahawk. However, no one remembers their other gigs now. And this too shall pass.

  85. notoriusbug says: Dec 14, 2010 10:41 PM

    @packrulzm

    How do you figure the Vikes Dline is old? Allen is 28 and KWill is 30…they’re signed until 2014 and 2015…so long Ray Edwards, but he’s puss anyway…Guion steps in for Fat Pat.

    As far as no QB for the future…look at all the young QBs who have stepped into the NFL and have been successful…Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Sam Bradford, and Josh Freeman come to mind.

    The oline needs work, I will agree with you there

  86. 12isgreaterthan4 says: Dec 15, 2010 12:57 AM

    “As far as no QB for the future…look at all the young QBs who have stepped into the NFL and have been successful…Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Sam Bradford, and Josh Freeman come to mind.”

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    Good luck with that plan. You’ve already got Joe Webb, so you’ll be fine, right?

  87. akpackfan says: Dec 15, 2010 4:30 AM

    11 months? I think the writer meant to say 3 years. Shoulda retired after 2007 as a legend. The stuff with Sterger would have never happened and he wouldn’t have added a few more embarrassing years to his resume. If Favre doesn’t play again this year then the last 4 years his last pass will have been an interception, 2 of which blowing a chance to go to the Superbowl.

  88. va4favre says: Dec 15, 2010 10:48 AM

    I can’t believe the idiots on this site that do not recognize what an incredible season Favre had last year. Yes, this year was very sad, but it should not take away a performance last year that was exceptional–even for a 30 year old, much less someone 40. I think it will be more appreciated as we move away from the disappointments of this year. I feel bad for the Vikings and Brett since all of the balls bounced again them this year. Brett is still a magical player and I will have great memories of watching him play.

  89. coleton1 says: Dec 15, 2010 4:48 PM

    Should have took the $20mil. that GB offered him. Now he wont get squat after retirement.

  90. bears74 says: Dec 21, 2010 4:41 PM

    It doesn’t concern me whether Brett should have retired this year, last year or even 19 years ago. What I don’t understand is why a 41-year-old multi-millionnaire who has already built a worthy legacy would bother putting himself in harms way every sunday, playing with kids half his age.

    You have worked long enough to earn yourself a great retirement. Kick-back, relax and watch a football game on a sunday from the comfort of your own home/ mansion, throw some t-bones on the grill, open a bottle of Budand enjoy the weekend with family and friends..

    Do you know how many regular Joes would kill to have the chance to retire at 41 so they can spend time with their family, watch their kids and grandkids grow, travel around the world, or just do whaterev the heck you feel like doing, without worrying about money?

    Take a bow, Brett..You’ve earned it!

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