Has Brett Favre thrown his last pass?

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Was Sunday Brett Favre’s last game? That is the question on every Packers fan’s mind, and on a lot of other football fans’ minds as well.

I say it definitely was not! Because of holiday deadlines, the outcome of the game was still to be determined when this column was written. So not knowing whether he won has no influence on why I am so sure it wasn’t his final game.

Here’s what I believe Favre’s got up his sleeve. As I write this, he is seven touchdown passes shy of tying Dan Marino’s record of 420 career touchdown tosses. Depending on whether he threw any against the Bears Sunday, he will still be a few short as his 2006 season comes to a close. I think he will try to come back next season and set the record.

If he stays healthy, is playing well, and the Packers are winning, he may try to finish out the 2007 season. On the other hand, if he experiences any type of injury or isn’t playing as well as he or the organization would like, he’ll step aside, but only after throwing his 421st career touchdown.

If that is indeed the case, I envision he’ll stay with the team in some capacity for the remainder of the year. Most likely as a back-up or in some type of coaching position.

Granted, this is all opinion and speculation on my part, but why would he retire when he is so close to that coveted spot in the NFL record book? To me, it wouldn’t make any sense. It’s the equivalent of a marathon runner quitting at the 25-mile mark. No one comes that far and then all of a sudden retires. I think, one way or another, Favre’s going to cross the finish line.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.

From the Jan. 3-9, 2007, issue

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