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Brett Favre retires: My life changes forever

Posted on: March 4, 2008 11:22 am
I woke up on a usual day here at UW, content that I didn't have class until 2:25, yet had decided to wake up at 9:45 so I could get some breakfast. Then I flipped on Sportscenter, and stopped dead. I will not lie. I teared up. Brett Favre has been my role model, my hero, and my favorite NFL player since my youth. I'm only 20, so Favre has been a constant for me. Ever since I understood the concept of football, Brett Favre has been with the Packers. Now, I will have to get used to Aaron Rodgers under center, tossing bombs to Greg Jennings and Donald Driver.

It's hard to believe for me... it seems like the end of an era. Brett Favre has always been my favorite player, because of the way he comported himself, his mental and physical toughness, and his desire to play the game. Still, if what they say is true, that he no longer had the "fire" in him to prepare week in and week out, then I feel it was good for him to retire. Though right now I am heartbroken, I feel that I would rather Brett Favre go out (almost) on top. He was within a few plays of the Super Bowl, he was voted the  starter for the Pro Bowl, and he had a good young team around him. Now, with Aaron Rodgers left to man a team with a lot of potential, I wish the best for him. I would rather see Brett go down on a good note than come back and be like Jerry Rice or Emmitt Smith, slowly puttering to a stop with mediocre years. Instead, his legacy is left untarnished, and he has cemented his status as one of the top 5 QB's of all time (in my mind anyways.)

Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2008 1:55 am

Brett Favre retires: My life changes forever

My definitive Brett Farve event came before he even entered the NFL. The SEC powers had used Southern Miss for a OOC win or homecoming punching bag before Brett Farve. I know for a fact how Farve terrorized Alabama, but still I couldn't help but to admire him. Legend has it Brett Farve arrived at Southern Miss as the 7th string QB. He was starting later his freshman year. Before his senior season in July of 1990, Farve was involved in a near fatal auto accident. They had to remove like 3 feet of his intestines. 6 weeks later, Brett Farve led Southern Mississippi to a huge come from behind upset over Alabama. I'll never forget it.

He is without a doubt one of the greatest QB's to ever play the game. Sure Farve had great talent, but its his other qualities that stand out to me. Its the way Farve played through injuries and made his team into a champion with sheer guts, determination, and force of his will. Its how he always seemed to enjoy the game, and led by example.

Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2008 12:24 am
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Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2008 1:53 pm

Brett Favre retires: My life changes forever

Ahhh... Brett... Brett... Brett... We all knew this day would come.. But no one thought it would be after this season... a 13-3 season when many figured the Packers to be at most 8 and 8... Your team was one special team McQuarters fumble (recovery) away from the Super Bowl... (Yes I blame the loss on that one play!)

Had Green Bay have signed Randy Moss would you have stayed???

I must say that being born in Wisconsin, yes, it is breed into me to love the Packers... and I only have memories of Lynn Dicky, Don Majkowski and Favre being their quarterbacks... (with the scattered back-ups here and there) At one point Packers fans loved each of these guys... But Favre... Year in and year out gave us a season full of highlight reel material...

When I read the text message at work from my friend saying Favre retired... I was stunned... Shocked... Dumbfounded... Why now??? Why when you were one play away from the super Bowl??? Why?!?

Yes, Brett said it best when he said, "Anything less than a super Bowl WIN Next Season would be a disappointment!"

Well guess what man... Had you stayed... It was going to between The Packers and the Cowboys to see who represented the NFC in Super Bowl 43... Should have stayed and taken Dallas out... and slapped that cocky look off Tony Romos face in the process! You had the "most talented team" you were ever on... That was before Ryan Grant came outta nowhere... Guess what?!? That team of youngsters... Well... They're a year older now... They know what it feels like to be so close... Only to let up come crunch time... And Lose! They are smarter because of this... That talented team... Is Now A HUNGRY Team!

Guess we'll never know...

Had Favre stayed it would have been a rockier road to the playoffs... (Super Hard Schedule!) But they would have gotten there... And I Feel they would have made it to the big game!

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2008 1:22 am

Brett Favre retires: My life changes forever

I really hate to see one of the greatest football players in history retire.Brett Favre was an awesome force on the field.I do feel that this was the right time for him to step away.Brett had nothing left to prove.I will miss watching this legend.

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2008 7:24 pm

Brett Favre retires: My life changes forever

Uh... well, jlee, I have not experienced any of those moments yet in my life, but when I do, I'm sure my life will change as well. In fact, there are many times in life in which my life will change forever. I think sports does not compare to any of the things you mentioned, but I stand by what I said: this moment changed my life. Favre was a role model to me, and I've never known football without him. We will see if a new player can take his place in my mind as one of the best ever, but for now, it seems unlikely.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2008 6:05 pm

Brett Favre retires: My life changes forever

I knew he was going to retire, but still... it's a shock to me.

Favre will be missed...


Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2008 4:51 pm

Brett Favre; Hard pressed to find a tougher QB!!

The reign of Brett Favre comes to an end.  Though I am an avid Charger fan I admire what Favre has stood for and accomplished.  It is going to strange to see Rodgers under center.   What a task of trying to fill the shoes of a first ballot Hall of famer!!!

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2008 4:09 pm

Brett Favre retires: My life changes forever

I agree, this affects my life way more than when my dad died, my marraige and the birth of my daughter. Way to keep sports in perspective.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2008 2:47 pm

Brett Favre retires: My life changes forever

's first and last passes were interceptions. But what people will remember is what he accomplished in between. His stats are highly impressive, but more importantly he will be remembered by the way he played the game. He was a great sportsman and a fierce competitor that never settled for defeat. I will always remember his great last minute comeback's with the and the one where he led the unranked to a last second touchdown over the 6th ranked in 1989. Off the field he was a great person. He is the epitome of a quarterback that all coaches look for. Whether you liked him or not, you had to have respect for him. He will definitely go down as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2008 2:44 pm

Brett Favre retires: My life changes forever

The 2 best TD passing plays, IMO, from the Brett favre era...

You could go through a list of probably 500 spectacular passes but not all of them rate up there with these 2....

Superbowl XXXI - 2nd play from scrimmage in the game - 54 yard bomb to Andre Rison - TD!!! - This showed The New England Patriots who there dady was and showed the world who their king was, bow to your master..

Monday October 29th, 2007 - tied with Denver 13-13 going into OT - Green Bay wins the toss and lines up - 1st play from scrimmage, BOOM, 82 yard bomb to Greg Jennings to win the game

I'm sure alot of you will come back with other ones that you think are the best ones he did. While they all were spectacular in their own right, they will all be just memories now. Good luck Brett in whatever you do, you will be a hero in all of our hearts.

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