Hattiesburg, MS. -
It has started once again in pro football as the 2010-2011 season nears a finale in 3 weeks. Eventual hall of famer Brett Favre has turned in his paperwork this week to the NFL announcing his.....retirement - shocker. This time, more than one media source is reporting that this is "definitely" the end for Mr. Favre. Does any of this sound familiar?
Well, it should as Favre has retired each of the past 3 seasons, from 3 different teams. Add this year and that number reaches 4 times from 3 different teams; The Vikings in 2011 and 2010, the Jets in 2009, and the Packers in 2008, 2007, 2006, uhhh...I'm tired of counting. Anyway, while we await to see if this really is his last year, what kind of career did he have? Let's take a quick look.
Drafted 33rd overall in the 1991 draft by the Atlanta Falcons out of the University of Southern Mississippi, Brett had a terrible start in his rookie season playing in only two games where he went 0-4 with 2 interceptions. Falling out of favor with then head coach, Jerry Glanville, may have been the best thing for his career as Mike Holmgren pushed for the Green Bay Packers to acquire Favre. That is exactly what happened in 1992, with Brett replacing the injured Don Majkowski in week four as the starting quarterback of the Pack.
The numbers are staggering that Brett Favre put up while with the Packers. He won three consecutive NFL MVP awards from '95-'97, had nine Pro Bowl appearances, and hoisted a Super Bowl trophy from the 1996 season. Some other notable records he set in his entire 20-year career include most career passing yards (71,775), most completions (6,295), most seasons with 30 or more touchdown passes (9), most consecutive seasons with 3,000 yards passing (18) and the most interceptions (335).
In 2008, Favre signed with the New York Jets for one year making it to the playoffs. The next year, he signed with the Minnesota Vikings in 2009 making it all the way to the NFC Championship Game against his favorite team as a child, the New Orleans Saints. He returned to the Vikings in 2010 for another shot at the Vince Lombardi Trophy to find his team struggle through the season and finish with a 6-10 record.
So with many media sources claiming he is done, reasons are differing a little this year than the previous years. First, he is supposedly selling off memorabilia and making the proverbial buck from it. Next, his 297 game consecutive starting streak ended on December 13, 2010 in Detroit at Ford Field versus the New York Giants as the roof of the Hubert H. Humphery Metrodome collapsed and caused the game to be moved. And lastly, his body is in the worst shape of his career.
If this is the end, many wish him the best in his retirement. In five years, he will take the podium in Canton, OH. with a gold jacket on as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. If not, then we'll see him after the first pre-season game in August with another team.....for another year - shocker.