|Favre actually sounding retired is worth celebrating. (Getty Images)|
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 SportsRadioInterviews.com "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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