The Ole Gunslinger has hung um up. Per Alex Marvez of Fox Sports, Brett Favre has finally filed retirement papers with the NFL. Now Favre has been saying it’s been “over” for weeks and was even on record that 2010 would be his last go immediately after the trio of Steve Hutchinson, Ryan Longwell and Jared Allen flew down to Hattiesburg to pull him off his lawn. And yes, we’ve been through this before the last several years. Favre even filed retirement papers in 2009. Still, for whatever reason this time it feels final. 2010 will be remembered as a year battling numerous injuries, certain activities involving his cell phone and possessing a passer rating of 69.9 that rated 29th in the league.
Leslie Frazier has to move forward with a new face at the position and I can’t say that I’m going to miss Favre as a QB of our team after this season’s debacle. However, I will miss him tremendously as a popular face of the NFL. Much has been written and read on his storied 20-year-career and there is no need to rehash all of that right now. Who knows how much we’ll see of him moving forward? Personally, I don’t think he’d like to work the hours that go into a coaching position and if he did TV work it would be sparingly. Maybe he’ll get the “itch” again next summer to at least place a phone call to an old friend in Mike Holmgren to see how much confidence the organization has in Colt McCoy and give it another go. After all, what’s a summer without “Favre Watch”?
So Brett, if this is the end… We say thanks. Canton already has a place for you. No reason to debate your credentials over the next five years.
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