After playing one season with the New York Jets, crackerjack QB Brett Favre said today that he is retiring. He had spent the previous 17 years with the Green Bay Packers, where he established himself as one of the NFL’s premier quarterbacks. Last year, he retired from the Packers, but decided to reverse his decision. After an acrimonious split with the Packers, he joined the New York Jets. Thus, today’s news marks Brett Favre’s second retirement from pro football.
Brett Favre, 39, said in an email to ESPN that he his decision is final; in addition, he thanked and heaped praise upon Jets owner Woody Johnson, General Manager Mike Tannenbaum and former coach Eric Mangini. Favre said that, though his time with the Jets was brief, he was honored to play for them and grateful that he was given a chance to do so.
It is highly unlikely that Brett Favre will change his mind and grace the football field once again (though the $13 million he would have earned next season is enticing), but he can certainly leave the game secure in his position as one of the all time greats of the NFL. Favre leads behind a plethora of records. These include an eye-popping 464 career touchdown passes, 5,720 completions and 65,127 yards passing. In addition, Favre holds the record for most consecutive starts among quarterbacks – a staggering 291.
Though Favre’s season with the Jets ended in disappointment (by mid-season, the Jets lead the AFC East with an impressive 8-3 record, but then lost 4 of its last 5 games and failed to make the playoffs), his tenure with the Jets was not without its high points. For instance, he threw for six touchdowns in the Jets 56-35 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in week 4; this was not only a career high for Favre but it also tied Joe Namath’s team record.
Brett Favre will be remembered as a player with a sterling character who was much loved by fans. Many fans point to the fact that while racking up his almost unbelievable record of 291 consecutive starts, he played while injured (he even played numerous games with a broken thumb on his throwing hand). They point to this as a testament to Favre’s competitive spirit and dedication to the game.
This writer once sold gently-used replica football jerseys on eBay for a living. Any time I was lucky enough to find a used Brett Favre jersey to resell, it was always sure to sell in a hurry. To those who know and love Brett Favre, this should not come as a surprise.
Favre Says He Will Retire (Again), Greg Bishop, New York Times, February 11, 2009
Brett Favre, Wikipedia