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Brett Favre

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  1. SilentBob

    SilentBob Well-Known Member

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    Favre calls end to career after 17 seasons


    Associated Press
    Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

    Brett Favre retires as the NFL career leader in touchdown passes and passing yards.


    GREEN BAY, Wis. - After flirting with retirement for years, Brett Favre means it this time. The Green Bay Packers quarterback ended a 17-season career in which he dazzled fans with his grit, heart and rocket of an arm.

    "I know I can still play, but it's like I told my wife, I'm just tired mentally. I'm just tired," Favre told ESPN's Chris Mortensen in a voice mail message.

    Tuesday's surprise move comes just months since the 38-year-old three-time MVP set several league records, including most career touchdown passes, in one of his most successful seasons.

    Coach Mike McCarthy said Favre informed him of the decision by telephone Monday night.

    "He said it was time for him to hang up the cleats," McCarthy said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

    Favre's agent, Bus Cook, also learned of the decision Monday.

    "Nobody pushed Brett Favre out the door, but then nobody encouraged him not to go out that door, either," Cook told The Associated Press by phone from his Hattiesburg, Miss., office.

    Packers general manager Ted Thompson thanked Favre for 16 years of wonderful memories with the team.

    "His accomplishments are legendary," Thompson said. "And it's the passion with which he played that made everyone a Brett Favre fan."

    The team hasn't said when Favre might address the media.

    Favre led the Packers to the NFC championship Game in January, but his interception in overtime set up the New York Giants' winning field goal.

    "If I felt like coming back -- and Deanna (Favre's wife) and I talked about this -- the only way for me to be successful would be to win a Super Bowl," Favre told ESPN. "To go to the Super Bowl and lose, would almost be worse than anything else. Anything less than a Super Bowl win would be unsuccessful."

    Last season, Favre broke Dan Marino's career records for most touchdown passes and most yards passing and John Elway's record for most career victories by a starting quarterback.

    He retires with 5,377 career completions in 8,758 attempts for 61,655 yards, 442 touchdowns and 288 interceptions.

    "He was the prototypical gun-slinger type," said Marv Levy, Pro Football Hall of Fame coach. "He's the type of guy where, 'Oh, what's he throwing into that crowd for?' But he had intuition, toughness, resilience."

    Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman wondered if Favre's decision was final.

    "As the season gets closer, I wouldn't be surprised at all if he changes his mind," said Aikman, a Fox analyst who played 12 years with the Dallas Cowboys.

    The news stunned many.

    "I was surprised when I heard it this morning," former Packers general manager Ron Wolf said. "He played with such a great passion. He must have figured he no longer had that passion, and it was time to get out."

    Even Favre's teammates didn't see it coming.

    "I just saw it come across the TV," Packers wide receiver Koren Robinson said, when reached on his cell phone by The Associated Press.

    In his final season, Favre also extended his quarterback-record streak of consecutive regular-season starts to 253 games -- illustrating his trademark toughness. Add the playoffs, and Favre's streak stands at 275.

    "To me he's an ironman," seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong said after speaking at an anti-smoking rally in Wisconsin's capital. "He was around a long time. He played hard the whole time. He worked hard the whole time. He inspired and encouraged his team the whole time. He played through pain, he played through losses."

    In the past several offseasons, Favre's indecision about his football future became a winter tradition in Wisconsin, with Cheeseheads hanging on his every word.

    Unlike after the 2006 season -- when Favre choked up in a television interview as he walked off the field in Chicago, only to return once again -- nearly everyone assumed he would be back next season.

    It was a remarkable turnaround from 2005, Favre's final season under former head coach Mike Sherman, when he threw a career-worst 29 interceptions as the Packers went 4-12.

    Surrounded by an underrated group of wide receivers who proved hard to tackle after the catch, Favre had a career-high completion percentage of 66.5. He threw for 4,155 yards, 28 touchdowns and only 15 interceptions.

    Before the Packers' Jan. 12 divisional playoff game against Seattle, Favre told his hometown newspaper that he wasn't approaching the game as if it would be his last and was more optimistic than in years past about returning.

    "For the first time in three years, I haven't thought this could be my last game," Favre told the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald. "I would like to continue longer."

    But Favre finished the season on a sour note, struggling in subzero temperatures in a 23-20 overtime loss to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game.

    Afterward, Favre was noncommittal on his future. McCarthy said he wanted Favre to take a step back from the season before making a decision.

    Now he has -- to walk away.

    "The Packers owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude," Thompson said in a statement. "The uniqueness of Brett Favre his personality, charisma and love of the game -- undoubtedly will leave him as one of the enduring figures in NFL history."
     
  2. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    Who cares, the Game has not been the same since Randall Cunningham gave it away :)
     
  3. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    Dan Marino you mean.
     
  4. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Montana and Rice were the last great combination.
     
  5. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    Marino was twice the QB of Montana.  He just doesn't have the SB rings to prove it.
     
  6. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    Nah I still meant Cunningham :)
     
  7. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    Cunningham was a great running QB but was crap at reading the game.  Evidence:  He was not a one franchise player. 
     
  8. Fro

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    its a black thing isnt it Matas :)

    And yes I know he was , he was a showboat but good to watch, I only throw his name in cause he was the eagles QB when I started watching it.
     
  9. Matabele

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    It's interesting Fro.  A lot of the great playmakers in Australian League and Union have been aboriginal - Lyons, Ella brothers, Lloyd Walker even Andrew Walker. 

    But there have been few competent black QBs and no great ones.  Currently my team (Vikings) do have a black QB (and have previously played fielded Warren Moon and Cunningham) who is young and developing, and I wish him all the best obviously.  But the real future for the Vikings lies with that rookie RB they put out this year.  Bettered the rookie stats of OJ and the Lions great RB and Colts RB whose names escape me. 
     
  10. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    McNabb, Culpepper, Stewart, McNair (was he black, I'm not sure), Culpepper, and we cant forget the fallen idol Micheal Vick.

    But yes percentage wise there havent been a great number.

    I dont follow it real closely these days, those names are just form my memory.
     
  11. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    is that Peterson you are talking about, I saw an article somewhere about the new gun running back but wasnt sure where he played? Could have been the vikings.
     
  12. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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      Testaverde is probably better than any of those.

    Peterson is the new Vikings RB, yes.
     
  13. Zep

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    pretty darn impressive and tough as anything. maybe the cowboys can buy him for a season to teach Romo how not to be affected by off field distractions.

    Alas, Jessica Simpson ruins everything.

    Cowboys '09
     
  14. SilentBob

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    NFL to reinstate Favre
    August 04, 2008 12:00am

    DISGRUNTLED quarterback Brett Favre will be reinstated by the National Football League on Monday, the league announced.

    The three-time NFL MVP announced his retirement in March but has had a change of heart and now wants to play again. The moves means the 38-year-old Favre could report to the Green Bay Packers' training camp on Monday.

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said this week he hopes the Packers and Favre can come to an agreement on where and when he will play again.

    Despite leading them to a Super Bowl championship, the Packers have not welcomed Favre back with open arms creating a circus-like standoff.

    Once he is reinstated, Green Bay will have 24 hours to put Favre on their 80-man roster, trade him or release him.

    The attention-craving Favre also reportedly has been mulling a multi-million dollar marketing offer from the Packers - a scenario in which the team would pay him as much as $US25 million to stay retired.

    http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,24127315-5014066,00.html
     
  15. Matabele

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    I have no problems if the Packers are bickering given the Vikings are in the same Division and on the up.

    Maybe Favre is bitter that he hasn't had the opportunity to equal or better Dan Marino on one of his career highlights - appearing in Ace Ventura Pet Detective. 
     
  16. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I think the game misses O.J Simpson
     
  17. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    Not really.  every second club seems to have a player on weekday detention.
     
  18. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Ah yes, but he does have a Something About Mary credit to his name. I'd rather star opposite Cameron Diaz then Jim Carey
     
  19. Matabele

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    Diaz is a dog.  At least Carey is funny.
     

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