The NFL's Risk Taker Hangs Up His Cleats

Brett Favre has retired, a shocking decision and one that Cheeseheads will likely mull over all year. Favre made this decision coming off one of his best seasons in the NFL. He led the Packers to the NFC Championship game, only to lose to the Giants in overtime. It was a game they easily could have won, but came up short.

Brett Favre was the NFL’s top risk taker. He invented the underhand toss technique and was the most reliable player at his position ever. Favre’s competitiveness is hard to match among the NFL’s elite players, as was his love of the game. It didn’t matter if the Packers had a losing season or won a Super Bowl, his energy remained constant. In tight games after a big play, fans would often see Favre running around the field like a young boy, jumping into the arms of fellow teammates. That energy is contagious and it was fun to watch.

His leadership will be sorely missed in the Packers organization and it’s unlikely they will ever see a player of his skill again. His 61,665 career yards and 442 career touchdowns are NFL records, making him a guaranteed first-ballot Hall of Famer.

The overtime loss to the Giants this year in the NFC championship game was likely very painful for Favre. His reason for retiring is because he is mentally drained. In comments to reporters, he said only a Super Bowl win would make returning for another season worth the grind. Knowing how tough that goal is in the NFL, Favre made the difficult decision to hang up his cleats for good. I think it is safe to say every NFL fan will miss Brett Favre. He made the game much more interesting to watch on Sundays.

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