Favre’s retirement (really? finally?) is opening for Falcons

Here's Brett Favre crying the first time he retired from Green Bay in 2008. Of course, truth was, he just wanted out.

Here's Brett Favre crying the first time he retired in 2008. Truth was, he just wanted out of Green Bay.

(Last update: 12:45 p.m.)

Brett Favre is retiring.

I know. You’re waiting for the punchline.

But Favre — who would have more universal support as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history if he wasn’t also the most selfish athlete in sports’ history — apparently is too banged up to continue his career. His surgically repaired left ankle has not healed as quickly as he had hoped and he began telling  Minnesota Vikings teammates Monday night that he won’t be back.

An official announcement is expected today.

Vikings coach Brad Childress said today he has not yet heard a final decision from Favre. He called the situation “fluid.” Sounds like the last three years.

Now, this is the mother of all “ifs.” But IF Favre doesn’t return, it’s a significant

Favre took a beating in the NFC title game against New Orleans and ultimately lost the game with an interception.

Favre took a beating in the NFC title game against New Orleans and ultimately lost the game with an interception.

preseason gift for the Falcons. Regardless of what you think of Favre, his retirement significantly weakens one of the Falcons’ biggest competitors in the NFC. At least five teams in the conference were considered on the same level or better than the Falcons: New Orleans, Dallas, Green Bay, the New York Giants and Minnesota.

Remember, this is the team that pretty much outplayed everybody last season, including the Saints in the NFC title game. Minnesota dominated in yardage (475-257) but committed five turnovers — including a Favre interception in the final seconds of regulation — and lost in overtime 31-28, derailing the Vikings’ Super Bowl hopes.

Favre threw for 33 touchdowns (the most in his career since 1997) and 4,202 yards (his most since 1998). His completion percentage of 68.4 was the best of his career. You could understand if Minnesota is a little stunned by this. If ever there was an offseason when Favre DIDN’T seem likely to retire, this was it.

And now? Barring a roster move, Minnesota must go with Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels. But such is life when a team hitches its wagon to sports’ own little Hamlet. How many NFL teams are going to be willing to open training camp without its projected starting quarterback? Childress catered to every of Favre’s whims. He did everything but mow his lawn.

Favre, a former Falcon, went from having one of the greatest reputations as a competitor and a team guy to one of the worst. He held three franchises (Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota) hostage during during his career, as he tried to orchestrate when and where he would play. He will be remembered for that as much as winning a Super Bowl and three MVP awards with the Packers.

Favre, who turns 41 in October, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune last month: “After almost nine weeks, [the ankle is] not where I would like it to be, but I’m working at it. Maybe it never gets to where I want it to be. Forty years old … three surgeries … that’s all you need to know.”

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122 comments Add your comment

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 3rd, 2010
11:33 am

Finally the Drama is Over!! No Lebron-esque show???

ChippersLoveChild

August 3rd, 2010
11:37 am

This is not the end of Brett… come on, we all know better… who is he fooling?

gadawgs

August 3rd, 2010
11:41 am

He is still one of the greatest qb’s to ever suit up. I enjoyed watching him play even from the beginning from my seats at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. Wish we would have kept him. Hope he enjoys his retirement.

Bryan G.

August 3rd, 2010
11:42 am

I think he’s taking his game to South Beach….

NikkFree

August 3rd, 2010
11:46 am

Whatever, Brett! When the retirement papers are in the league office then I will believe it. Dude just hates attending camp, that’s all. He may very well “unretire” by week 1.

lefty fielder

August 3rd, 2010
11:50 am

Actually I thought if they had had a backup QB in they would have beaten the Saints. . . . The might be stronger without Favre . . . just sayin.

PMC

August 3rd, 2010
11:50 am

So he’s retiring until September this time… nice.

NRBQ

August 3rd, 2010
11:51 am

Jeff,

Everyone knows that nothing gets you more excited than a chance to bash Favre, but please, proofread!

GADAWG88

August 3rd, 2010
11:52 am

Good riddance… I grew very tired of all his shenanigans. I’m holding my breath that he won’t come back.

Jeff Schultz

August 3rd, 2010
11:53 am

Dr. Ken — An ESPN/Brett Favre Retirement “Decision” show. Now THERE’S a concept.

Jeff Schultz

August 3rd, 2010
11:55 am

Gadawgs — Drama aside, I agree with you. He was as fun to watch as any QB I’ve ever seen and in my top 10.

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

August 3rd, 2010
11:55 am

Is this one of those Internet hoaxes, like Bill Cosby’s death?

lefty fielder

August 3rd, 2010
11:56 am

dude . . . bill cosby died?

F-105 Thunderchief

August 3rd, 2010
11:57 am

As I was listening to Mike & Mike this morning saying that Farve was definitely coming back, I thought to myself, “Watch, he’s surprise everyone and retire.” But, I’ll believe it when I see it. I was hoping he’d come back, because I like to watch him play.

GT71

August 3rd, 2010
11:58 am

Gee, Jeff one would think you don’t like the man. Oh, you like the player, just not the man. And you expect what from an athlete – a pro athlete whose been pampered and praised his whole life. You still expect a ‘role model’?
Why not just enjoy the athlete for what he is – the best QB of his generation – and keep the personal attacks to yourself.
If one didn’t know better, one might suspect envy.
And besides, like Nikkfee says above, it ain’t over till he gets his insurance license…or ESPN sportcoat.
And even then…

SPS

August 3rd, 2010
11:59 am

He’s just sitting out the 2 a days in the heat. He’ll be back in time for the season opener.

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

August 3rd, 2010
11:59 am

Funny, lefty. Pretending that you don’t know what a hoax is and that you don’t read the rest of the AJC. Good one.

Driver 8

August 3rd, 2010
12:01 pm

Favre IS planning on going into the Hall of fame as a Falcon, isn’t he?

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August 3rd, 2010
12:01 pm

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Jeff Schultz

August 3rd, 2010
12:01 pm

NRBQ — Actually, a lot of things get me more excited. Been going through and updating, but if you catch a typo, feel free to pass along and I’ll send you a nickel. Also, I’ll give you a job on our desk.

yo mama

August 3rd, 2010
12:01 pm

hey gadawg, guess you are just a dumb uga reject. when the falcons drafted favre, they had already moved into the dome. i was at the last game at Fulton County in Dec 1991. falcons drafted favre in 1992 you boob! GEORGIA STATE WILL DOMINATE!

F-105 Thunderchief

August 3rd, 2010
12:01 pm

Farve could become the most entertaining redneck on Monday Night Football since Dandy Don Meredith.

Jeff Schultz

August 3rd, 2010
12:02 pm

Barnacle Bill — I missed the Cosby thing. Did he play for the Packers too?

Matt

August 3rd, 2010
12:03 pm

Oh, please, please, please let it be true. What a media hog Favre was/is. I’ll be glad to see him gone forever and I say that as a Vikes fan. Sure, we’ll probably suck this year, but after hating Favre for so many years with the Pack, it just never seemed right to see him wearing purple.

Jeff Schultz

August 3rd, 2010
12:04 pm

Driver 88 — Yeah. Definitely. No question. He’s also having Jerry Glanville give his induction speech.

ChippersLoveChild

August 3rd, 2010
12:06 pm

No, Jeff… that’s Mason CROSBY… not Cosby…

POAD

August 3rd, 2010
12:08 pm

Farve back with the Vikings by game 5.

rduck

August 3rd, 2010
12:09 pm

What? No Favre drama this year! This is bullcrap! Now I will have to go back to watching regular daytime soaps! Damn you Brett! Just kiddin’ of course, I really do not expect this to be the last episode of ” The Old and the Shameless” from Favre. He likes seeing his name scroll across the ESPN NEWS ticker too much..

Hans Christian Andersen

August 3rd, 2010
12:10 pm

This story is exactly like “The Boy Who Cried ‘Wolf!’” In reading AP and other pieces about this, nobody believes him.

keith

August 3rd, 2010
12:10 pm

So he retired again (again and again!).

Gosh, I’m so affected by this. I am moved. Yawn.

keith

August 3rd, 2010
12:11 pm

So who’s going to Turner Field tonight?

LOL

gadawgs

August 3rd, 2010
12:13 pm

yo mama…get your facts straight dumb*ss. Favre was drafted by the Falcons in 1991. Look it up. I too was at the last game at Fulton County Stadium and Brett Favre was there on the sideline. You apparantly are dumb*ss Ga State reject you boob. Next time get your facts straight you imbecile!!

Jeff Schultz

August 3rd, 2010
12:19 pm

ChippersLoveChild — Wait. Were we talking about Norm Crosby?

Jeff Schultz

August 3rd, 2010
12:19 pm

Keith — Favre pitching for the Mets tonight.

lefty fielder

August 3rd, 2010
12:22 pm

So . . . Norm Crosby died?

ctfalconsfan

August 3rd, 2010
12:26 pm

We don’t play MN this season so who cares the media rates one team higher than another?? This isn’t college.

If MN is any good they’ll meet us in the play-offs and face the same fate they did in January 1999!!

POAD

August 3rd, 2010
12:27 pm

Isn’t Farve the guy from Swingers, directed all those movies, and friends with Vince Vaughn?

The Man

August 3rd, 2010
12:28 pm

Jeff,

What kind of nonsense are you trying to pull? Favre will be remembered for forever what he has done on the field. I can’t blame the guy at all for not wanting to sit in grueling training camps when he knows the playbook better than everyone else and he has the internal instinct to compete and challenge everyone on the gridiron. This guy is a gamer.. and really do you really think a guy is not going to waffle over 35 and beyond with the toll this game takes on your body. Let the guy do whatever he wants and leave him alone! The guy is a hero in my book and he did nothing wrong to the Green Bay Packers! Those Packer fans are ridiculous for giving him hell for changing teams. He is a first ballot hall of famer in my opinion.. and I’m a Falcon Fan! Brett Favre, if he decides to do it, will be a great football coach as well! Happy Retirement Mr. Favre.. and if you do decide to play football with the Minnesota Vikings once training camp is over (this is my prediction) Good luck and go get’em like you’ve always done! Jeff, give the guy a break! He deserves it!!

Clay

August 3rd, 2010
12:28 pm

Favre’s last passes for the Packers, Jets, and Vikings were interceptions.

Tale of Woe

August 3rd, 2010
12:28 pm

Technically, he held the Falcons hostage also be because of his late nights and excessive drinking. Glanville needed to trade him.

TXDawg

August 3rd, 2010
12:29 pm

Jeff, you should post that job before giving it to NRBQ. I’ve been watching the board for a while now.

Jeff Schultz

August 3rd, 2010
12:29 pm

Ctfalcons — Forget media ratings. With Favre Minnesota is one of the best teams in the league. Without Favre, they’re likely not among elite. That impacts Falcons in postseason chase.

Ray

August 3rd, 2010
12:33 pm

I bet he comes back around week 3 or 4 of the season.

James

August 3rd, 2010
12:33 pm

I doubt he is really retiring.

Archie

August 3rd, 2010
12:41 pm

Did I read that story right? He’s blaming the slow recovery from ankle surgery? That’s the LAST excuse he needs to be using right now. Seriously, his season has been over for 24 weeks and he’s on week 9 of recovery! Go figure! Maybe if he didn’t wait until June to have the surgery he would be recovered by now.

I can’t think of another athlete in all of pro sports history who would intentionally postpone surgery for four months then turn around and use the lack of recovery time as reason to retire.

Saints Defense

August 3rd, 2010
12:45 pm

You’re welcome.

gadawgs

August 3rd, 2010
12:48 pm

Yo mama….Also, Favre was traded to Green Bay in 1992 (not drafted by the Falcons in 1992) thus he never suited up in the Dome (only in Fulton County Stadium). If you were really there you would know that you boob..

Paul in RDU

August 3rd, 2010
12:49 pm

The Super Bowl is a long time from now. I’ll believe Brett Favre has played his last NFL game if he hasn’t played a game by February 2011.
Favre being out is bad for the Vikings and good for the Falcons – makes it much easier for Atlanta to finish above Minnesota in the standings.

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ChippersLoveChild

August 3rd, 2010
12:52 pm

Jeff,

Did Favre switch to Natural Light?