A tip from this Bears fan: Time for Brett Favre to hang it up

Let me say what I believe every true Green Bay Packers fan would like to, but doesn’t have the guts to: Brett Favre should retire! His better games have already been played, and the team would be better without him. His ability to make good decisions is gone.

There, I said it.

Since I never really liked the guy to begin with (nothing personal, I’m a Bears fan), it’s easy for me to come out and say it. But for some reason, Packers fans can’t bring themselves to the realization his time has come and gone, and he should move on.

Last season, the Packers finished a dismal 4-12 with Brett running the offense. Granted, he didn’t have a team of Pro-Bowl players around him, but I think he was directly responsible for the majority of those losses.

Last year, Favre threw more interceptions than ever before. His on-field decisions were called into question more than once, not only by the fans and the press, but also by the coaching staff.

As far as I can remember, 2005 was easily Favre’s worst season as a pro.

In spite of last season’s performance, the guy is still obviously a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame. He is arguably one of the top 10 quarterbacks of all time. He is a legend in Green Bay. What else does he have left to prove? He is only risking injury and further ridicule if he decides to come back for one more season. Why does he continue to put his head coach in the no-win position of having to decide whether Brett plays or not? Green Bay fans will question the decision no matter what.

Brett, do yourself, your family, your coaches, and this Bears fan, a favor—hang it up.

Doug Halberstadt is a local resident and is track announcer at Rockford Speedway. He can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.

From the April 19-25, 2006, issue

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