Is it for real this time?
Without the tearful public ceremony that accompanied his retirement announcement from the Green Bay Packers just 11 months ago, quarterback Brett Favre has told the New York Jets he is retiring.
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Favre had instructed his agent, James “Bus” Cook, to inform the Jets on Wednesday that he is retiring. Jets team executives and coach Rex Ryan confirmed the retirement in a statement, saying they talked to Favre on Wednesday morning about his decision.
“I have great admiration for him as a player and a person. I wish him only the best in his life after football,” Ryan said.
In an e-mail to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Favre indicated he had no regrets about finishing his career with the Jets rather than with the Green Bay Packers franchise he represented for his previous 16 NFL seasons. He specifically praised Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum, team owner Woody Johnson and fired coach Eric Mangini — and even mentioned Thomas Jones and Kerry Rhodes, both of whom were publicly critical of Favre after the team’s collapse in the final month of the season prevented the Jets from making the playoffs.
Favre wasn’t the first athlete to retire and then unretire and he won’t be the last. The chance for further glory or more monetary riches, causes men and women alike to give it another try. It is sad when some of them keep playing well past their prime, and end up tainting what was a great career. Favre didn’t get to that point, but could have if he continued to play. Good luck in retirement.
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