Tired of sitting home watching younger, less deserving players garner media attention, attention whore extraordinaire Brett Favre has put the spotlight squarely back on himself, smack dab in the middle of Super Bowl hype. Old Mr. Will He or Won’t He made his annual retirement decision much earlier this year, at least allowing the Packers to prepare their draft board accordingly.
Rest easy, Messers. Madden and Thiesmann, your hero is returning to the NFL for another season.
"I am so excited about coming back," the 37-year-old quarterback said Friday on the Web site of the Sun Herald in Biloxi, Miss. "We have a good nucleus of young players. We were 8-8 last year, and that's encouraging."
The fact that he is very close to taking over the #1 ranking in several career categories apparently has little to do with his decision. Nope, Brett likes the moxie of this Packer squad that went 8-8 in 2006, and thinks they can contend in 2007. The fact that his return will result in yet another batch of nationally televised games, where the announcers (particularly the two gentlemen mentioned above) can fawn over what a “great competitor” he is, how he “just loves the game so much” and is “like a big kid out there” as he tosses ill advised pass after ill advised pass has no bearing on the decision. Those tears Favre shed after the season ending meaningless win over Chicago? Bah, he was just sad the Pack didn’t make the playoffs, and a schlub like Rex Grossman would be getting more limelight in the weeks ahead.
Can we just put him in a room with Clemens, and lock the door until they both decide to go away once and for all? Oh, and ask T.O. to stop by there as well?