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Whether or not Brett Favre is actually done
with football remains to be seen. What is certain, however, is the New York Jets are certainly done with their mercenary quarterback, something the Jets Pro Shop “Everything Must Go
” sale indicates quite clearly. For those Jets fans wanting to prove Adam Schefter wrong
, now’s your chance to show your “We Love Brett the Jet” solidarity at half-off prices. This offer is also good for Packers fans wanting to enjoy a little bit of irony.
H/t to Awful Announcing for the image find.
According to some breaking news at ESPN, Brett Favre is planning to retire
from football. Again. Apparently, Favre’s agent informed the Jets of his decision. Favre indicated he enjoyed playing New York and he had no hard feelings against any teammates that spoke out when their season ended so unceremoniously.
“Mike and Woody, as well as the entire organization, have been nothing short of outstanding,” Favre said in the e-mail. “My teammates — Thomas and Kerry included — were a pleasure to play with. Eric [Mangini] could not have been any better. I enjoyed playing for him. My time with the Jets was short, but I’m honored to be given that chance.”
The question is, is it real this time or will Favre “get that itch” to play in about three months? I wonder what the line is on him staying retired. Since football fans love betting so much, that’s the perfect solution to help get you through the offseason.
I saw this while I was perusing around ESPN a few minutes ago and I found it ironically fitting… so I figured I’d capture it for you:
Now if you can’t tell, the letters “ACL” from sponsor Oracle are visible behind Webber’s head and while he didn’t have any direct anterior cruciate damage, his knees gave him enough trouble after his 2003 surgery to qualify as a honorary member.
While we’ve been poking a little at Webber today, it should be noted he is one of six players to average over 20, 9, and 4. Ever.
Apparently, number 4′s retirement may not as binding as some might think… at least according to his agent, Bus Cook (Bus Cook? Really?)
“It’s my opinion,” Cook said of the Packers’ lack of interest. “I know he wants to play one more year. I do not know much conversation there was (between Favre and the Packers) and I don’t think anyone forced him to make that decision. But I don’t know that anyone tried to talk him out of it.”
Is this a ray of hope for Packers fans or just more of the same stringing along?
If this is correct, maybe the Randy Moss thing had more to do with Favre’s retirement than we’ll ever know (Favre denied the lack of Moss was what motivated him to retire).
As most of you now know, Brett Favre has announced his intentions to retire from professional football, a fact that has left some Packers fans heartbroken. The good news is (or bad, depending on your perspective) the announcement was not based on a screw-up from Packers.com. In hindsight, it now looks like the Packers site was merely jumping the gun.
Well, at least they didn’t repost the original article, as seen below (courtesy of The Sporting News):
To their credit, Packers.com used some fresh content—and a different picture—for their announcement post.
As I was driving in, the good folks at Kansas City’s 810 Radio were discussing the biggest news of the day and they referenced a statement by Chris Mortensen, saying the lack of a Randy Moss deal helped push this decision, something Favre refuted when he spoke to Mort on the telephone.
Instead, number 4 indicated it was the regular season wear and tear, coupled with a Super-Bowl-or-bust mentality that drove his surprising decision.
Question: Wouldn’t Favre’s retirement made more sense last year when the young Packers were unproven? After falling one game short of the Super Bowl, one would think Brett would see this team as capable of knocking the Giants off of their hill, with or without Moss. As it stands, Favre’s last pass for the Packers was an interception by the Giants’ Corey Webster, one of the plays that propelled the Giants to their Super Bowl championship.
More about the retirement of Brett Fahvaruh after the jump ››
It’s being reported on ESPN and NFL.com that the golden-haired rifleman has informed Coach Mike McCarthy of his intentions to hang it up. Much more as coverage becomes available.