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article imageNFL QB Favre Retired for Good, for Now

By Cristina Quiñones     Jul 29, 2009 in Sports
On Tuesday, famed quarterback Brett Favre announced that he will not be joining the Minnesota Vikings in the 2009 season.
This came as a surprise to the Vikings’s coaching staff and to many of the players, especially since Favre seemed to be using the summer to gear up for the 2009 season. He had been seen working out and also had surgery earlier this summer on both his throwing shoulder and on an inflamed tendon in his right bicep.
Viking coach Brad Childress has since confirmed Favre’s retirement plans. According to ESPN, he announced:
"[This] does not detract from the team that we have. As we have consistently communicated, we feel good about our team and they have put forth a tremendous effort this offseason preparing for the season ahead. With this behind us, we look forward to getting to Mankato and getting training camp underway."
Although Favre rejected the Vikings’s one-year, $10 million contract, there seem to be no hard feelings between the ex-star quarterback and the team. This is good news for Farve, since he can now solely focus on coming to terms with the finality of his most recent decision. According to ESPN, Favre explained:
"[Retiring] was the hardest decision I've ever made … I didn't feel like physically I could play at a level that was acceptable. I would like to thank everyone, including the Packers, Jets and Vikings -- but, most importantly, the fans … I had to be careful not to commit for the wrong reasons … [Many people] were telling me, 'You went through all this, you had the surgery and you've got to finish it off.' But I have legitimate reasons for my decision. I'm 39 with a lot of sacks to my name."
Favre’s path to retirement has been both long and arduous. After 16 stellar seasons with the Green Bay Packers, he was traded to the New York Jets after finding out that younger quarterback Aaron Rodgers had replaced him. Although his season with the Jets got off to a good start, Favre found himself struggling in the final games when some of the old injuries from his glory days with the Packers came back with a vengeance. He ended the season with a league-high 22 interceptions. The nine interceptions he threw in the final five games were one of the major factors that cost the Jets their season after their 8-3 start.
Brett Favre. - Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Brett Favre. - Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
While playing with the Jets, Favre faced criticism from some of his teammates who believed that he was getting playing time in spite of his worsening performance simply because of his star status. After finishing the 2008 season with the Jets, Favre once again announced his retirement. Shortly thereafter, however, he announced the possibility of playing with Vikings.
Favre will be turning 40 soon. 18 of those years have been devoted to the constant physical punishment of professional football. Already, Favre has played longer than seems humanly possible and has achieved distinction as both an amazing player and a fan favorite. Among his many records Favre has received Most Associated Press NFL MVP Awards - 3 (1995, 1996 and 1997) (tied with Peyton Manning), the most consecutive starts by an NFL quarterback (269), the most regular season wins by an NFL quarterback (169), the most touchdown passes (464), the most passes completed (5,720) and the most passing yards (65,127).
Although Favre has had surgery on both his bicep and his throwing shoulder, these injuries are not the only reason for the star quarterback’s retirement. In addition to his shoulder and bicep injury, Favre has been experiencing soreness in both ankles and in his left knee.
According to ESPN, Favre commented:
"The problem with playing in every game for 16 or 17 years is that people think there's nothing wrong with you and you can play forever … The things that bothered me, bothered me a little more. It takes longer to recover -- if you do recover."
Although many football fans do not want to believe it, perhaps it is time for the Bret Favre saga to finally come to a close on his terms. Looking at his long list of accomplishments, it is obvious that this is a man who has left everything out on field. He has proven himself to be a football legend that will be remembered for many years to come. Hopefully, Favre will be able to acknowledge and accept his many accomplishments as they stand and pass the torch to younger players so that he can finally enjoy his retirement and loyal cheeseheads can move on.
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