Thanks to a Horse Named Unitas, Brett Favre Retires for Good
Thats all it took?
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Seems like we’ve been doing this for years, doesn’t it? Every year, about this time, the Brett Favre retirement carousel begins its annual annoying spin. First he’ll retire. Then he’ll un-retire. Then he’ll hem and haw for a month or two. In the meantime, we have to deal with a never ending series of rumors and a news report every time the guy breaks wind.
But not this year, thanks to a horse named Unitas. Unitas, like the rest of us, is apparently tired of the annual Brett Favre charade. As such, he kicked his owner, and in doing so took out his knee. (although it’s entirely possible this may not have been the horse’s main motivation)
Brett Favre will undergo reconstructive surgery on the damaged appendage, and doctors have apparently made it clear that a full recovery is likely, football is no longer a possibility.
And in all honesty, Brett Favre should thank Unitas. Far too often, we see legends hold on to long. It would have been sad to see the gunslinger playing as something less than himself, and that is what would have, in all likelihood, happened. He had a stellar year in 2009, guiding the Minnesota Vikings to a near Super Bowl birth and posting a career best season statistically. And he did it at the age of 40, proving all of the naysayers wrong.
2010 would not have fared nearly as well. The NFC north will be vastly improved this year. The Packers and Bears will both be better, and even the lowly Lions will be more competitive. And NFL defenses had already started to figure out what the Vikings did last year. You think the other 31 NFL defensive coordinators didn’t see the Saints beat the hell out of him in the NFC Championship game? And you think more of the same wasn’t on the way?
It wouldn’t have been pretty. As it stands, what may be the greatest quarterback we’ve ever seen is now done. And he’s going out on top. As it should be. All thanks to a horse named Unitas.
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