Sage Rosenfels Has Retired


Aug 30, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sage Rosenfels (18) lays on the ground after being hit against the Houston Texans in the second quarter at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY SportsSay goodbye to the Rosencopter. Former Vikings QB Sage Rosenfels has ended non-existent speculation about his NFL future by announcing his retirement. We were all wondering when this moment would come. And now it’s here. And I don’t know what to feel.

Rosenfels walks away from pro football after a nice little career mostly as a backup. Viking fans will best remember him as the guy who, in his capacity as clipboard holder, helped Brett Favre have arguably the best year of his career in 2009. The Vikes elected not to bring Rosenfels back for 2010 and we know what happened. Favre went down the tubes. Of course 2009 was all about Sage. Don’t mess with the clipboard holder-QB chemistry.

Rosenfels would return to the Vikings in 2012 as a potential mentor for Christian Ponder only to be dumped in favor of Joe Webb. And what happened? Ponder got hurt and Webb had to play in the playoff game. And the Vikings got rolled. Had Rosenfels been on the roster instead of Webb? History might be very different. Or exactly the same.

We’ll never know what could have been for Rosenfels. His entire Vikings career was a big question mark. He ended up never playing a snap in a regular season game for the Purple. He rolls on as a Twitter voice and probable TV commentator. And of course we’ll always have this:

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