Brett Favre is retiring?
Didn't he do that last year? And I don't mean that tearful press conference he had with the Green Bay Packers before deciding to play again.
I'm talking about actually retiring.
The way he looked last season, he played like a retiree. He looked old, frail, lost and, quite frankly, wasn't very good.
I'm one of the few people in the national media who said his coming back was a mistake. The Packers knew what they had, a quarterback with a fastball that had lost some zip.
General manager Ted Thompson was torched for having the audacity of trying to make his team better, not wanting Favre back when he said he was un-retiring. Thompson had to be gloating after the way Favre played last season and the way Aaron Rodgers played for him in Green Bay.
Sorry, Brett. You aren't bigger than the game. Nobody ever is.
When it's gone, it's gone. And it the skills went quickly for Favre. The Jets were dumb enough to think that bringing in an aging quarterback would be the answer to their team's troubles.
Instead, he became one.
Favre threw 22 touchdown passes, but threw 22 interceptions. His yards-per-attempt, an indicator of a quarterback willing to make chance, down-the-field throws, was 6.7.
The gunslinger couldn't shoot straight anymore.
Favre was a dink-and-dunk quarterback for the Jets, which is why they were a non-playoff team.
The Jets traded a conditional pick for Favre, which turned out to be a third-round pick because he played in 50-percent of the plays. hird-round picks are valuable. Favre was not.
The good news for the Jets: Since Favre retired after one season they do get back a seventh-round pick in 2010 from the Packers.
The other good thing for the Jets is they will be moving on without a quarterback who always seemed to be about himself. Packers insiders say Favre wasn't a very good teammate late in his career with them. When his buddies from the early years left or retired, he became distant with teammates. According to Packers sources, he rarely spent time in the locker room and dressed away from his teammates.
It seemed that was the case with the Jets as well. Several players have taken to criticizing Favre for the way he never embraced them as teammates. They said he didn't try to become one of the guys.
Over the years I've known several Packers players quite well, and they swore by the guy as a teammate.
So maybe age changed him.
It did change him as a player. We saw that last season.
So now he's retiring again.
Let's just hope this time he stays on the tractor on that farm in Mississippi. Old men do better throwing hay to the cows than they do throwing footballs to receivers.