I don’t know if this is going to come as a shock to you, but I’m not a big football fan. I mean, I play the Madden games every year and sure I bet on the Packers in Vegas last weekend. Why? It’s a sneaky lock. So maybe that’s enough of an association with sports for me to say I’m a fan of Brett Favre, but when you’ve never watched football in your life one way or the other, saying you’re a fan is kind of like saying you’re into aquariums because somebody gave you a beta fish for Christmas.
But that’s my association with sports right now
Now our story begins with the standard Monday morning when I find out that one of the greatest quarterbacks, and most beloved people in Green Bay, retired from football. I hadn’t heard a word about it. In fact, if not for a random e-mail from my grandmother asking me if I knew anything about this retirement business, I would have had no idea whatsoever. At first I thought it was a joke. I mean, Favre retired like eight years ago right? But my grandmother is no joker, she’s serious as cancer, so Favre must be retiring. It’s not until later that afternoon when I’m watching SportsCenter and see the teary footage of him stepping away from the NFL
When I realize it can’t be a joke
That’s when I realized that Brett Favre really is going to retire from professional football.
I didn’t think it was possible for me to feel as bad as Favre looked in those interviews with Chris Berman and Stuart Scott, but I have never been more wrong about anything in my life. All of a sudden I didn’t just feel bad for Favre. I felt as if the whole world was coming to an end, and that’s when my mission was set in motion
It took a moment to sink in what this meant, but all of a sudden it hit me: Brett Favre is going to be on Oprah
How old was brett favre when he retired
In the 2008 offseason, he was considering retirement after 18 seasons in the NFL. In 2008, Favre’s consecutive starts streak ended at 297 games following multiple injuries throughout the season. The streak spanned over nineteen full seasons, starting with the Green Bay Packers’ game against the New York Giants on September 27, 1992 and ending when he opted to sit out the second half of the 2007 season opener against the Detroit Lions, after aggravating a shoulder injury on his throwing arm. Favre said that he would return for 2008, and he decided to do so only after talking with close friends and family members. However, in an interview with ESPN’s Chris Mortensen on August 6, 2008, Favre said that he was “not 100 percent committed” to returning for another season. Favre told the same interviewer that he would be in training camp on time, and felt obligated to hold up his end of the deal which he made with Packers general manager Ted Thompson. He said that Green Bay fans deserve an opportunity to see their team in the Super Bowl, and if he felt that chance would happen, he probably would return for one more season. In a press conference the next day, Favre officially announced his retirement from professional football.
He is a three-time MVP and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016
Favre has been selected for the Pro Bowl ten times in nineteen seasons. He holds several NFL records including pass attempts (10,169), interceptions thrown (336) and touchdown passes (508). He led the Green Bay Packers to two Super Bowl appearances, winning one of them. Favre was named Most Valuable Player of that Super Bowl. During his career, he was named NFL MVP three times and AP Male Athlete of the Year three times.