After a decade of soap opera drama, Brett has finally done what he probably set out to do: made himself bigger than the game. There is no denying that he was/is one of the greatest quarterbacks to play the game of football. His ability, determination, and desire are absolutely legendary. But he has also demonstrated that he is pretty good at “gaming the system” to keep himself in the spotlight and that he really doesn’t care about his legacy or role model status. It’s Brett Favre, right now. And right now, he will be playing football for the New York Jets. The Packers can get on with their game and delay the retirement of the #4 jersey for a few more years. Everything else that happens is part of the downside, the ending.
This is not the first time a “legend” has finished up his career elsewhere. Joe Montana finished with the Chiefs and was still welcomed back with open arms. Hakeem Olajuwon did not do his last professional “Dream shake” with the Rockets. It happens. Really good players always seem to think that they have something left in the tank. Invariably, they play another year or two of passable game and then ride off into the sunset… maybe a few charity gigs, maybe a few iffy TV commercials.
There’s no more news for this story. The next time Brett announces retirement, it will make the news as a footnote.