Brett Favre Retires Again and His Agent Says He Wasn’t Ready To

Brett Favre in Jean Shorts

Green Bay Packer quarterback Brett Favre is set to retire from the NFL. This time it appears to be for real for now as the future hall of fame quarterback passes the reigns to Aaron Rodgers. Brett Favre has somewhat held the Packers hostage over the last few off-seasons with his indecisiveness as to whether to continue playing or not. Rodgers was drafted as a result of this and subsequently signaled the beginning of the end for “old chuck and pray”.

This past season Favre played like the classic Brett Favre and many felt that there would be at least one more season since he was playing football at an MVP level. Favre made the Pack relevant again this year so the announcement comes as a surprise to many, including some teammates that read the announcement on television. He cited being “mentally tired” as his motive for retirement in a voicemail message to ESPN’s John Clayton (how did Clayton miss one of the BIGGEST calls of his or anyone’s sports journalistic career?).

The story should be that simple and Cheeseheads should take it as it was time for him to go. They should be happy that he didn’t carry this decision into the draft or too deep into the free agency period. After all, this has been a Super Bowl bearing marriage and all good things come to an end. Bus Cook, Favre’s agent, and other league officials are not so sure. Cook says to an extent that Favre feels the Packers did not want him back. There are rumblings that maybe he could be talked into coming back to the Packers or that he may be interested in joining Bill Parcells down in Miami with the Dolphins. Cook said he that Favre wanted to play at least another year.

I for one would take Brett Favre back to the Atlanta Falcons to keep Michael Vick’s seat warm for the year… as long as he vowed to stay clear of the painkillers and if he promised to bring those jean shorts he was wearing when we drafted him back in the day. Randy Moss is back with the Patriots, so we can’t meet that demand. We do however have underground player parking at the Georgia Dome for his truck, so Brett can go to and from the games without talking to a single fan just like in Green Bay. Atlanta is a good fit for him… come on down Brett.

The Packers have set up a breaking news site to follow this news story as it unfolds, or you can just chuckle at an image somebody photoshopped of John Madden and Brett Favre together in a wedding.

NFL Hall of Fame Running Backs

Out of curiosity and the Reggie Bush hype machine, I looked at the NFL Hall of Fame members at Running Back. I wanted to see if there is any correlation between draft position and success at that position. Here is what I found:
Total Modern Era HOF RB/FB/HB: 24Marcus Allen (RB) 1982-1997
Jim Brown (FB) 1957-1965
Earl Campbell (RB) 1978-1985
Larry Csonka (FB) 1968-1979
Eric Dickerson (RB) 1983-1993
Tony Dorsett (RB) 1977-1988
Frank Gifford (HB-FL) 1952-1960, 1962-1964
Franco Harris (RB) 1972-1984
Paul Hornung (HB) 1957-1962, 1964-1966
John Henry Johnson (FB) 1954-1966
Leroy Kelly (RB) 1964-1973
Ollie Matson (HB) 1952, 1954-1966
Hugh McElhenny (HB) 1952-1964
Lenny Moore (HB) 1956-1967
Marion Motley (FB) 1946-1953, 1955
Walter Payton (RB) 1975-1987
Joe Perry (FB) 1948-1963
John Riggins (RB) 1971-1979, 1981-1985
Barry Sanders (RB) 1989-1998
Gale Sayers (HB) 1965-1971
O.J. Simpson (RB) 1969-1979
Jim Taylor (FB) 1958-1967
Charley Trippi (HB) 1947-1955
Doak Walker (HB) 1950-1955

First Round Picks:
Marcus Allen (10), Jim Brown (6), Earl Campbell (1), Larry Czonka (8), Eric Dickerson (2), Tony Dorsett (2), Frank Gifford (11), Franco Harris (13), Paul Hornung (1), Ollie Matson (3), Hugh McElhenny (9), Lenny Moore (9), Walter Payton (4), John Riggins (6), Barry Sanders (3), Gayle Sayers (4), O.J. Simpson (1), Charley Trippi (1), Doak Walker (3)

Second Round Picks:
John Henry Johnson (18), Jim Taylor (15)

Eighth Round Picks:
Leroy Kelly (110 Overall)

Undrafted:
Marion Motley, Joe Perry

Possible Future Hall of Fame Players:
Mike Alstott (rd2 – 35 overall), Jerome Bettis (10), Terrell Davis (rd6 – 196 overall), Corey Dillon (rd2 – 43 overall), Warrick Dunn (12), Marshall Faulk (2), Priest Holmes (undrafted), Jamal Lewis (5), Curtis Martin (rd3 – 10), Emmitt Smith (17), Thurman Thomas (rd 2 – 40 overall)

In summary it looks as though at this position, the talent is usually realized before they ever step foot on the NFL field. Sure there are plenty of busts that aren’t listed here (Salaam, Thomas, etc.) but there aren’t many players drafted outside the first round on this list. In this case Reggie Bush may have a chance at Canton.

Summary
(Including My Speculation on Future HOF’ers)
1st round picks: 24
2nd round picks: 5
3rd -7th round picks: 2
8th round picks: 1
Undrafted: 3