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August 18, 2009

Favre, Don't Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out

Tags: brett favre, favre, jets, nfl, packers, vikings

It’s time.

Yes, he was one of the greatest gunslinging quarterbacks in NFL history.  The excitement and drama he brought to the field for so many games was unparalleled.  He lived is life in the public, and a nation of fans experienced his triumphs, his tragedies and his transgressions together.

It’s time for the NFL to tell Brett Favre to go away and please, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

The latest rumors of a comeback, leaked just weeks after he announced he would NOT be returning to the NFL, this time to play for the Minnesota Vikings.

The rationale is actually quite simple.  A player who “retires” after every season in order to become a free agent and sign with another team has to be violating some part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, right?

For a player, even one of Favre’s magnitude, spitting in the face of the NFL system can’t go unpunished.

What I don’t think Favre realizes is that while we lived his career with him, we all cried when he retired from the Packers in that press conference.  I vividly remember him weeping openly, mourning the end of an era for him.

Every time he tries to come back, that pure moment, the quarterback walking away at the top of his game, knowing he has nothing left to prove and an entire life to live, is tarnished, just a little bit.

So now, the NFL has to close the door on him, for the good of the legacy of one of the greatest of all time.  If they won’t, nobody will, and this soap opera nobody wants to see will never be cancelled.

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