The Old Coach Sez


On March 6, 2008, Brett Favre announced his retirement from the National Football League for the second time. He had been the Green Bay Packers’ quarterback for 17 years. A three-time MVP, he leads the league in touchdown passes and total yards passing. He started 253 consecutive games, more than any quarterback in history. On his retiring, he said he didn’t think he had anything left to give.

I have always been a Brett Favre fan, but I have not approved of the manner in which he has kept his management and teammates in limbo as far as his playing status is concerned. It is almost as if he is grandstanding. He has now told some teammates that he “has the itch” to come back now that training season is about to start.

While Favre says it is only a rumor, I can only imagine the dilemma his return would put the team in. The coaches have announced that their quarterback will be Aaron Rogers, their first-round draft pick in 2005. He is the man they built their offense around this spring and summer. They convinced the players that he was their man, and they bought into it with full support. While Favre, who is 38 years old, had a good season last year, it was obvious that he was losing some of his skills such as his ability to find receivers. He had many critical interceptions and often missed wide-open receivers. He is still a tough, tough fighter that represents “old school” professional football. Many fans appreciate that. But he is no longer the player he once was.

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