Odds Not In His Favre

Brett Favre has joined the Minnesota Vikings in his second post-retirement comeback. If he continues his mediocre performance streak, this QB legend will be long-forgotten by the time he's really out the game.

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One of the best bits of advice that I have heard about retiring came from legendary college football announcer Keith Jackson. He said, in what was to be his last game in the broadcast booth, “if you want to leave at the appropriate time, then plan on leaving early.”

Of course, Jackson didn’t follow his words. He said this in a 1998 game but came back and didn’t finally retire until the Texas-USC Rose Bowl in 2006 (at which point he might as well have said that he won’t ever see a better college football game anyway).

Brett Favre obviously never heard Jackson’s advice either. Tuesday night he announced that he’s going to try a second post-retirement comeback, this time with the Minnesota Vikings. I can’t say I’m surprised. I expect that in 2015 I’ll be writing about Favre’s latest post-retirement comeback.

Favre’s return to the NFL with the Vikings has been rumored for several months. It seemed that the only thing that could stop this latest publicity stunt would be Tarvaris Jackson, the Vikings starting quarterback in 2008, suddenly turning into Warren Moon in his prime. That didn’t happen in one preseason game, so we’re left with No. 4 in purple and yellow.

I had hoped that the Vikes would be above these kinds of maneuvers because as a New Yorker, I saw what Favre brings to the table these days. The 2008 NFL season was ample demonstration that Favre is through. He led the Jets into playoff contention last season, a major rebound from their 4-12 season in 2007. But a revived defense, a repaired offensive line and new running back, Thomas Jones, had a lot to do with the Jets’ surge. Favre, who was 39, played solid football, but no better than the man he replaced, Chad Pennington, did with his new team, the Miami Dolphins.