Favre Era Over: #4 Retires Leaving Behind Impressive Legacy


Bring Out The Golden Bear Named Aaron: FOXSports.com and ESPN’s Chris Mortensen have learned that the Hall of Fame gunslinger Brett Favre will hang up the cleats, ending a long, successful tenure in Green Bay. With that being said, it’s believed he told the Packers of his retirement within the last few days, although it’s uncertain when Favre and the team will make his parting known. Mortensen reported that according to Favre’s agent, Bus Cook, Favre has informed Packers coach Mike McCarthy of his decision.

So unless he pulls off an “MJ” and returns, the Golden Eagle alum will leave the game after 17 years, during which he put together a playing career that will never be forgotten nor duplicated, as he did in his own unique way. Neither GM Ted Thompson nor head coach Mike McCarthy returned several calls left by FOXSports.com for confirmation.

After visiting the idea of retirement for the last few years, Favre will finally go out with one of the best seasons of his career.

He led the Packers to the NFC Championship Game after passing for a stunning 4,155 yards, looking very much at times like a younger version of himself. In addition he threw 28 TDs — including an overtime deep bomb that beat Denver in front of a live ESPN national audience — and had a 95.7 quarterback rating. He was also voted into the Pro Bowl following the 2007 season but declined to go.

How fitting for the “overly aggressive” flame-throwing rocket launcher, who played the game with a fire and passion that was second to none, as his final pass will be remembered by many as the interception by the Giants’ Corey Webster, setting up New York’s overtime win in the NFC title game. His greatest strength was also his greatest weakness, as he has left the NFL with the all-time lead in both touchdowns and interceptions. The Southern Miss product was a joy to watch, and will surely be missed, even by Bears fans.

The team will now switch over from a “professor” now to the “successor” with Aaron Rodgers, a former first-round pick who has had few opportunities to get under center (Who has in Green Bay besides Favre?) since being chosen with the 24th overall pick in the 2005 draft. There is some hope, though it may be a smidgen of hope, as Rogers did fill in admirably for Favre while he was hurt in a Thursday night game against Dallas this past season, as he looked strong in back-up duty.

The former Cal star completed 18 of 26 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown (1st of his career) and nearly led the Packers to a comeback victory, something Favre did a lot over time sporting the Green and Gold uni’s. Rodgers is an adequate replacement and I think he is talented enough to get the job done, but is he going to be that tough “ironman” like Favre was week in and week out? Each Sunday at Lambeau Field the “Frozen Tundra” faithful came out to watch their hero who wore #4 engineer touchdown drive after touchdown drive, leading the troops to victory, now they will have to look forward to a young passer who has little experience, a tough act to follow, and a scenario that is a lose-lose situation because of what expectations that will be set and the mass media that will be chasing him.

You now have to ask how long will it take for Rodgers to stop the “Cheeseheads” continuing drooling (along with announcers and experts) over the “Favre Years” and their love for his style of play; will they adapt and have that same feel for his style of play on the gridiron, especially giving the fact he still has to get his feet wet and he may not be able to handle the enormous pressure expected to be placed on his shoulders – Will he get his fair share and time to develop? You have to wonder if this goes south, will they bring Favre out of the south from retirement, having Packer nation calling back for #4; while not giving Rodgers a legitimate chance because of the lofty standards already in effect and set in place because of the “hero” that preceded before him.

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One Response to “Favre Era Over: #4 Retires Leaving Behind Impressive Legacy”

  1. Dano says:

    I am a HUGE Brett Favre fan and hate to see him go. That being said, if the report from his agent is correct- that Brett didn’t feel the Packers did enough to make him feel like they wanted him back- then I say good ridance! If a 38 year old man with that many accomplishments needs his ego stroked so badly- that’s crazy. I’m not a TT fan, but he and MM shouldn’t have to beg him to come back. They both know and said that their best chance at success for next year was to have Brett as the QB.

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