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Come on Number Four, give us just One More!!

Posted in Favre with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2010 by Jorge

Should I Stay or Should I go? I say stay Brett,  as a Fan of the game, I say stay.

Much has been said in the last few years about Brett Favre’s inability to stay retired.  In 2008, after a tearful and heartfelt retirement announcement from his beloved Green Bay Packers, he changed his mind that summer and got reinstated.  Needless to say, the Packers faithful were thrilled to see their great legend come back.  However, after a summer full of controversy between him and the front office, Favre was traded to the NY Jets.  He started the 2008 season strong, going 7-1, but finished 2-6 and missed the playoffs, mostly due to a shoulder injury he suffered in the second half of the season.  This time, without much fanfare, he decided to call it quits…. a second time.  After his release from the Jets, Favre was lured back into the league by long-time friend and coach, Brad Childress.  The unthinkable was about to happen…. Number 4 in Purple.

So the story begins, Favre comes back for the 2009 season playing for the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay’s archrival. Without a doubt, it had Packers fans upset, calling radio shows and sports bloggers to share their discontent for such a travesty.  Their beloved number 4, wearing purple…. Atrocious.

So-called experts were pessimistic of Favre’s ability to play at a high level for a full season.  They made reference to what happened in 2008, saying he was too old and didn’t have IT anymore.  His legacy will be tarnished and that he should stay retired.

Well, Favre had other plans.  He came back into the league, late august of 2009.  He had missed training camps, off-season work outs and was still recovering from his surgically repaired shoulder.  Yet, he started his first pre-season game with his new team just hours after he landed in Minnesota.  He knew he needed to make believers out of his teammates first, and that he did… they named him a Team Captain by the first game of the season.

What followed was something so amazing, no one saw it coming.  A story about a 40-year-old playing as jubilant as a little kid. A story that would take a football team all the way to the NFC Championship game.  A story that has yet to be finished.

In 2009, Favre posted career bests in completion percentage, TD-INT ratio and Passer Efficiency rating.  He also passed for over 4,000 yards, scored 33 TD’s and had his second highest YDS per game in his Career.  By doing so, he earned the hearts and minds of the Vikings faithful and was in the Most Valuable Player discussions throughout the season, an honor he’s earned three times in his stellar career.

Favre is great for the game of football.  It’s refreshing to see a man who truly enjoys the game and wants nothing but to play  every down.  He’s the “Iron Man”, having started 309 consecutive games, including the playoffs.  I love watching him run towards the end zone and body slamming his receiver after a touchdown… or trying to redeemed himself after an interception by trying to tackle a Defensive lineman.. or trying to chop block a Linebacker in a run play.  The man just wants to play…

So, why not let him take his time?  Why not give this legend the opportunity to walk away when he chooses to?  He’s earned that much.  He’s the missing piece in a Super Bowl ready team.  With Adrian Peterson, arguably the best running back in the game, and a dominating defense that features Allen and the Williamses, this team is primed for another super bowl run.  Favre is surrounded with talented players on both sides of the ball, with good veteran leadership and young talent.  Why not give it one more shot?

In 2008, during his retirement announcement, Favre said: “I’ve given everything I possibly can give to this organization (the Packers), to the game of football, and I don’t think I’ve got anything left to give, and that’s it”… Liar, you still have plenty…  plenty of joyful celebrations and painstaking interceptions…. come one number four, give us just one more. Continue reading

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