Once again, Brett Favre, reportedly, is calling it quits. In a text message to his Minnesota Vikings teammates, the 40-year-old Favre said, "This is it." It is amazing, if true, that he would announce his third retirement via text. However, with Favre, nothing is ever surprising. Although, since he had ankle surgery in May, it was expected that the NFL veteran would return for a 20th season.
As a three-time NFL MVP, Favre is one of the most accomplished quarterbacks of his generation and in the history of the league. After all this retirement talk and his stints with the New York Jets and Vikings, the Green Bay Packers look like the logical party by dismissing Favre in favor of up-and-comer Aaron Rodgers over two years ago.
Minus Favre, the Vikings are barely a playoff squad. Their quarterback situation turns into Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels. Those two names would make anyone ask, "This is it?" The quarterback position is the most vital in all of team sports. No matter that Minnesota has Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin on offense, Jackson and Rosenfels are not safe, reliable options.
I won't believe Favre has ended his career until the 2010 season has finished. But, for the Vikings to make a repeat appearance in the NFC Championship Game, they need Favre under center for at least part of the year. Until then, the saga continues....