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Brett Favre to Retire

Posted by Ryan on March 5, 2008

News came yesterday that Green Bay Packers Quarterback Brett Favre will retire after 17 years in the NFL. 

I loved watching Brett Favre play and even though rumors of an impending retirement have been around for years, it always seemed like he would come back again next year to play for the storied NFL franchise in Green Bay.  He and his talented group of players came just one drive shy of getting back to the Super Bowl for the first time this decade.  One pick and the Giants kicked a field goal, ending the season for Green Bay. 

I’d hate to think that Favre’s last play will be an intercepted pass, but I think his tenacity, passion for the game, his victory in Super Bowl XXXI, and the love he demonstrated for the game on a weekly basis will erase that moment and cement Favre as one of the best of all time. 

NFL.com photo.

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3 Responses to “Brett Favre to Retire”

  1. GM Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET said

    This was the lead story the other evening on KAKE-TV, Ch 10 in Wichita. Hmm. priorities.
    17 years, oh boy!
    I served 20 years in a much harsher world. It included the most dangerous job no one talks about. That is the Flight Deck of an Aircraft Carrier. specifically USS Independence, USS Ranger and USS Kitty Hawk.
    You know what I got when I retired? A shadow box from my shipmates, a cake and good luck handshakes. I retired the same day as General Colin Powell. He got a 21 gun salute and a flyover as he deserved. But it was a pimple on the backside of the news.
    There is a large number of us retired guys out here that simply moved on without fanfare and would gladly do it all over again.

  2. Ryan said

    I see your point and thank you for your service. When my brother retires from the US Army he’ll go as quietly as a factory worker, a school teacher, or a chemist.

    Athletes have a place in society where people can articulate a shared sense of community around their home teams and those team’s star players. I will never call them heroes (except of course, Pat Tillman, in recent times) because what they do is entertain us, let us escape for a few hours, and become names we hear so often they become part of the background noise.

    They are celebrities, and that’s it. And it’s the marketplace that does that more than anything else to give them such a status. I got used to hearing about Brett Farve, he’s a big name in my favorite sport. But he’s not a hero, he’s an entertainer.

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