Brett Favre filed retirement papers today, indicating that he had no plans to return to the NFL. Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune tweeted that this news wouldn’t impact Vikings fans because even if Favre plays in 2011, it wouldn’t be for the Vikings. No further indication from Zulgad as to why he phrased his tweet the way he did, but here are my thoughts:
1. Brett Favre retiring impacts all fans of football, irrespective of team affiliation. Favre has been one of the most revered QBs in the game for the majority of his career, not just for his Super Bowl win, but also for his enthusiasm for the game. I’ve watched a lot of football in my life, but you rarely see a player show as much emotion as Favre does on the field. He has been a delight to watch. In purple.
2. I don’t know if Zulgad has intel from the team regarding whether or not Favre might have an option with the Vikings next year. I know Leslie Frazier indicated that he couldn’t foresee a circumstance that would cause him to call Favre up and ask him back. I agree that based on his 2010 performance, it would be unlikely that the Vikings would bring him back for a 3rd year. But let’s face it – the Vikings have no solid options at QB right now and they’re in a position where they still need a veteran to bridge the gap. If Favre had time to heal, he might be a solid QB again. And the Vikings might consider that. But – mentally, I think he’s done. In fact, I thought he was done mentally after the 2009 season. So I think the point is moot: Brett Favre has accepted that he’s played his last game and will not be attempting another comeback.
I have this to say about Brett Favre. He gave us, what I consider to be, the most entertaining season I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen 37 seasons. He brought excitement every week – whether he was playing well or not. I’m glad he wore purple for 2 seasons and frankly, I wish it had been longer.
So, Brett Favre – best of luck to you in your retirement. I wish you nothing but the best. Thank you for the joy you brought to Vikings Nation. Skol!