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Favre: Retirement 'went a lot smoother' this time

Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:37 pm
Favre actually sounding retired is worth celebrating. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

When the Patriots Hail Mary landed incomplete on Sunday night, the NFL finished its first Brett Favre-free season in 20 years. Sure there were rumors about his return when the inevitable quarterback injuries surfaced, but it seems like the Old Gunslinger's finally hung up his boots.

And his remarks on a radio interview with 1340 the Fan in Lubbock indicate he's done with the game, as Favre said that even though he started to miss the game once the Super Bowl came around, he was content being retired.

"It went a lot smoother than the previous three or four years," Favre said, via "At the end of last season, I’d said in year’s past that I knew. I really knew this time. I got beat up a little bit physically, but I still felt like I could still do it, but I just felt like it was time. In my situation, unlike some players who retire because they have no choice, either teams don’t want them or injuries have caused them to retire and they just can’t do it.

"For me, I really had never thought I would give out mentally before I gave out physically, but I think that was the case. Mentally, I was just burned out."

So was everyone else -- the constant flip-flopping of Favre in and out of the game wore on everyone.

Favre also added that for the first time, watching the regular season, he "didn't miss it a bit." Obviously, watching people compete for a Super Bowl is a little more difficult to watch for someone as competitive to Favre than is the regular season.

It'll be interesting to see how the next few years for Favre play out. His retirement/de-tirement decisions certainly hurt his legacy in the short term. Once he's removed from the game for several years, there will still be some backlash at No. 4, but we're willing to bet that most people begin to remember all the great stuff he did on the field (and there was a lot of great stuff he did) rather than the last few years that featured so much drama.

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Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2012 12:12 pm

Favre: Retirement 'went a lot smoother' this time

Now wait just 1 minute,the press made a big deal over his leaving the game. The Packers Ted Thompson forced his hand to bring up Rodgers,(they hired PR people for the press to get rid of him)and then the press got anxious to get him retired. Thompson threatoned the press that if they didnt support him in this they wouldnt be allowed in the conference room any longer. We are so lucky to have Rodgers but we dont need to destroy Favre over Ted Thompsons wants. The end doesnt justify the means and brainwashing fans only hurts the game and makes it political.Just wrong by all!

Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:58 am

Favre: Retirement 'went a lot smoother' this time

The Packers had a younger, good looking QB in Aaron Rodgers, and to their crerdit, Rodgers turned out to be the real deal, we think. The Packers would never have disposed of Brett Favre in the manner they did if the good looking Rodgers wouldn't have been available. Sometimes that works out and sometimes it doesn't. Ask Mel Gibson how it worked out for him.

The Colts have the same situation going on. They better be careful. Their good looking other hasn't slept with them for the last four years. If Andrew Luck wasn't available to jump into the still warm saddle of Peyton Manning, the Colts wouldn't be thinking Manning could be wore out. Manning deserves massive credit for services he has provided to the Colt family. Hopefully, Manning receives more respect than what the Packers gave Favre when Mike McCarthy kicked Favre off the Packer train while it was heading into the start of a new season. 

Since: Jan 20, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:54 am

Favre: Retirement 'went a lot smoother' this time

Still quite a legend. Love that guy. What a competitor!!!

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:07 am

Favre: Retirement 'went a lot smoother' this time

Anyone who's happy he's retired should thank Myron Prior
Thank you Myron Prior. 

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2012 10:47 am

Favre: Retirement 'went a lot smoother' this time

Favre will be fine in the long run.

Time takes the tarnish off of things.

Joe Namath was a drunk, not so long ago trying to kiss Suze Kolber on air, but people only remember the "Guarantee"

Ken Stabler loved the cocaine and the booze, but he's a beloved Raider.

Vick just recently got out of jail, and his star has risen dramatically.

Look up the story of Sonny Jurgensen and Billy Kilmer. Awesome story actually.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2012 10:12 am

Favre: Retirement 'went a lot smoother' this time

He only went to two SBs, it's not like he was there every year. He was a great QB but I don't understand why he is more special than the other great QBs that have retired recently. When Brady retires if he says he misses playing in an SB I would give more weight to that, since he's there every other year.

Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:51 am

Favre: Retirement 'went a lot smoother' this time

Retirement always goes smoother when you really retire.

Since: Feb 7, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:41 am
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Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:29 am

Favre: Retirement 'went a lot smoother' this time

Good for him, he can now pursue his GROWING interest in photography

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:28 am

Favre: Retirement 'went a lot smoother' this time

He was replaced with the Tebow experience.
Now, if we can get Tim to go away and contrate on the X and Os as the old timers used to say.  

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