Brett Favre, who has retired and un-retired several times during his Hall of Fame career, insisted after the Vikings’ season-ending loss to the Detroit Lions that he really is finished for good, though he never explicitly announced his retirement.
“It’s been a wonderful ride for me,” Favre said. “One game, one season does not define me. There will be people (who) say, ‘It’s a shame he went out that way.’ (But) I am truly grateful for the opportunity. I hope people admire the way I played, my passion for it. I hold no regrets. It was special, a wonderful experience. I wouldn’t change it for anything.”
Favre is surely right that many fans will think it a shame that he went out the way he did: The 2010 season was Favre’s worst season statistically, the Vikings were one of the league’s most disappointing teams, and Favre was fined $50,000 for failing to cooperate with an NFL investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed a former Jets employee.
And yet, Favre indicated that his only real regret is that he suffered a shoulder injury and a concussion that caused him to miss most of the final month of the season. “I would have liked to have played (Sunday),” Favre said. “The wise choice was not to play. It was just too risky, in my opinion. I was okay with it. I knew that was the wiser choice.”
Given Favre’s track record of rescinding his retirement announcements, it’s entirely possible that at some point in the next nine months he’ll say he wants to return to the NFL for the 2011 season. But right now he says he’s done playing football. “It’s time,” Favre said. “I know it’s time. That’s okay. It is. I hold no regrets. I don’t know of too many players off hand who can walk away and say that. I just know it’s time.”
I however believe he is completely done. As I stated before, this was his worst season he has ever had, meaning he has had 19 better seasons in his football career. He did not play most of the final month due to injury, and he should have, by now, come to the realization that he is entirely physically unable to perform at an NFL level.