Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Brett Favre Retires...Again

Brett Favre has announced his retirement from the NFL...again.

It was nearly a year ago when Favre announced his retirement after 16 seasons with the Green Bay Packers.

Three months later, Favre changed his mind and wanted his old job back. The problem was the Packers were committed to a new starting quarterback in Aaron Rodgers.

After much hemming and hawing, Favre was eventually traded to the New York Jets for a fourth round draft pick.

At first it looked like Favre would get the last laugh. The Jets were much improved and won 8 of their first 11 games. They appeared playoff bound. But the Jets lost five of their final six games and would not make the playoffs. To make matters worse the Miami Dolphins won the AFC East led by quarterback Chad Pennington who the Jets let go to make room for Favre. The Jets fired head coach Eric Mangini who has since become the head coach for the Cleveland Browns.

Retirement in sports doesn't mean the same thing it once did. Back in the day when an athlete retired he stay retired. But Michael Jordan retired and unretired three times. Roger Clemens turned it into an artform. Mario Lemieux comes to mind as well although his comeback was more satisfying due to his illness.

If Favre gets an opportunity to play this season he will. Do I hear the Minnesota Vikings calling through their horn?

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