Editorial: Brett’s a Jet; so now what?

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

It’s been called a saga, a soap opera and a comedy of errors. This is not the way Brett Favre should be exiting, stage right, from Green Bay.

He should have stayed retired.

Back in March there were tears, tributes and tons of memories of all the good things Favre had done in his 16 seasons with the Packers. Back then he said he was “tired.” Today, many football fans are tired of all the Favre speculation and drama.

But not in New York. Most of the folks in Gotham City, at least those who have been posting to blogs, forums and chat rooms, are giddy with the prospect of No. 4 lining up behind center for the Jets. Favre jerseys were on sale at the team’s Web site about an hour after it was announced that the legendary quarterback had been traded to New York.

Jets fans seem to think Favre can take a team that had a 4-12 record last year and lead it to the promised land of the Super Bowl. Unlikely, but fans like to dream.

Favre still has a lot to offer even at age 38. He’d be considered too young if he were to run for political office, but is considered old by National Football League standards.

He has been durable. He started more consecutive games at quarterback — the game’s most demanding position — than any other man in history. In 2007, he was near the top of his game. Favre led the Packers to a 13-3 regular-season finish and took them to within one game of the Super Bowl. Favre had a career-high completion percentage of 66.5. He threw for 4,155 yards and 28 touchdowns and was chosen for his ninth Pro Bowl.

Perhaps when he was recuperating from his tiredness, Favre looked at those numbers and decided to give the game another shot.

Another case of an athlete’s ego getting in the way of common sense. He’s a Packers legend whom the East Coast media will turn on in a New York minute when he throws his first interception.

You can close the book on Favre and the Packers. The next chapter of his football life is unlikely to be nearly as sweet.

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