Why are we still talking about Brett Favre (#4)?

One of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game was Joe Montana. A smart and talented quarterback who was able to process information quickly from the pocket surrounded by opposing defenses. With four Super Bowl rings and many records to accompany his feats, however, even he tried to give it one last “hoorah” in Kansas City, but he soon saw the writing on the wall.  Michael Jordan, Emmitt Smith, even Tony Dorsett; these guys are remembered for their time with one team, one number, and one career.  It seemed a bit unnatural to see them in different jerseys, and the same can be said for #4.  Nonetheless, what we must all put into perspective is that the game is bigger than its players. For all the blood sweat and tears these players have put on the field, ask any 10 year old kid today who the greatest player of all time is any sport, and I guarantee you his answer will be much different than yours. These champions are our heroes and you never want to see your hero fall, but the time has come for #4 to LET IT GO, RETIRE, FINISH, BE GONE! The pundits are the ones fanning the flames on this story, but it can all be put to rest with these simple words, “I’m done!”

Look at it like this, #4 has more money than he knows what to do with, or at least he should, but like the words of Robert Frost’s most famous poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay”. (Remember Ralph Macchio’s character Johnny Cade quoting that poem from the movie The Outsiders (1983)? Great movie!) Anyway, we all know #4 will be in the Hall of Fame one day, and the sooner he retires the sooner he will get there. I remember walking along the back of the training facility after my playing days were over, and while I missed playing the game, and still love the game, I looked at the guys running around in the intense heat and snickered to myself, “What the *&^@ was I thinking wanting to continue running around in that hot ^%$ sun?”  The fact of the mater is every player who truly loves the game would like to put on the cleats one more time if he just had to play on Sunday; not get hit, score the winning touchdown, make the game saving play, or apply that bone jarring hit one more time. But that is not the reality of the game. It is hard for many to let it go, and most usually do not have the opportunity to end it on their own volition. I hope #4 soon does us all a favor, officially calls it quits.  The NFL salary cap system has him caught in a pinch, because no team has the cash he will request and may rightfully deserve, but that is a “whole ‘nother” topic.

For now… I’m out!


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