Let The Games Begin. If We Promise To Miss You, Brett, Do You Promise You'll Stay Away?
It happened last year. After the season, he made the wise decision to retire, only to string the media, his team and his fans along for months in a seemingly endless cat and mouse game, which eventually resulted in him being traded to the New York Jets.
Hopefully this year it's for real. Hopefully after he makes his announcement, we won't have to hear about him again for another 5 years, when he goes into Canton.
Brett's final season was hardly a success. While some point to the Jets' improvement and give Favre the credit, that would be a great disservice to his teammates, many of whom also played a huge role. Not to mention the fact that Chad Pennington's performance in Miami certainly proved that he was more than capable, if given the chance.
Favre finished the year with 22 touchdown passes and 22 interceptions, a rather fitting way to end his career. His legacy will go down as one of the most prolific passers in the history of the game. His TD record is considered by some to be unattainable, but the same could be said of his INT record. With his last season, he made it just a little harder for both marks to be bested.
He finished 2008 ranked 21st in the league with a passer rating 81, behind such luminaries as David Garrard, Seneca Wallace, Shaun Hill and of course Pennington, the man he replaced.
In true Favre style, he notified his good friends Chris Mortensen and Ed Werder, two of ESPN's primary NFL reporters, of his retirement via email. Apparently, since ESPN has defended him throughout his immature retirement/unretirement phase last year, he decided to throw them a bone and send them personal emails detailing his thoughts on retirement and praising his teammates, even the ones who (rightfully) threw him under the bus after the season.
We can only hope that this is the first step towards a REAL retirement, and Brett's upcoming press conference is the last that we see of him. It's clear to everyone that his days as a quality NFL QB are over. This retirement comes as a shock to no one, and it would be yet another monumental mistake (and screwing over his team again) if he were to return.
Good luck on your next endeavors, whatever they may be. We hope to see you in a few years for your Hall of Fame induction, and we hope you can patch things up with the Packers at some point, and repair the bridges you burned on the way out. Good luck, and goodbye. Hopefully, for good this time.