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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: Apr 30, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 8:03 am

Favre: Retirement 'went a lot smoother' this time

Anyone who's happy he's retired should thank Myron Prior. After that hit he took to the chin, and was helped off the field, the camera man focused on his face and you could tell he was done. 

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 7:39 am

Favre: Retirement 'went a lot smoother' this time

Brett Who????!!!!

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2012 2:56 am

Favre: Retirement 'went a lot smoother' this time

Yet the majority of the drama that went on was because of the media. I mean take this season for example; he made no stirrings about coming back this year and the media wrote stories about Brett playing for Chicago, or the Texans when the QB's went down. The man is a legend and just because he couldn't decide when to holster the old cannon, shouldn't tarnish that. 

Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 2:33 am
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Since: Aug 12, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2012 2:03 am

Favre: Retirement 'went a lot smoother' this time

The packers retired the number 4 in aaron rodgers debut as the starter while farve played for the Jets because they thought that he was done like he said he was.

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 12:33 am

Favre: Retirement 'went a lot smoother' this time

When are the Green Bay Packers going to retire this man 4 at Lambeau Field?  

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:23 pm

Favre: Retirement 'went a lot smoother' this time

Good for Brett! I'm glad it went so well for him. Now if we could just go a year without his name being tied to open quarterback spots it would be great.

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