Archive for Thursday, August 14, 2008

Favre lacks class of past great QBs

August 14, 2008

Well I guess the Brett Favre fiasco is about over and has gone far enough and now maybe we can settle down and hear more about other football players and teams. All this did was cause the Green Bay Packers franchise a lot of grief. I hope Favre will be happy in the Big Apple with the New York Jets, but I don't believe he will have his own locker room and a garage to park his Jag or whatever.

In my opinion, last year would have been an ideal time for Favre to retire. He had a good year, the Packers had a great season and their fans were all happy. It's hard to figure what the guy really wanted. He had all the money he needed and was associated with one of the best franchises in the NFL. I would have liked to have seen him go out with a little bit more class, the way that guys like Joe Montana, John Elway, Steve Young and Ken Stabler did.

It was a happy day for me back when Lamar Hunt brought in Joe Montana and Marcus Allen to end their careers. For me it was special because I had followed Montana all through Notre Dame while he was in college. Elway was another quarterback who showed a lot of class when retiring at the pinnacle of his career. I realize it's difficult for these great players to ever want to call it quits after having stellar careers. They all think they've got one more good year in them. The thing with these other quarterbacks was, when they said they were going to retire they did retire. It's mind-boggling for me to see Green Bay offer Favre $20 million to just stay retired. How many of you would like to have that option when you retire from your job? Favre will find it's much more difficult playing in New York than in Green Bay, where he was the man of the hour. One of his demands when he came out of retirement was to be traded to a team that was a contender to make the Super Bowl. That was utter nonsense, because teams in contention for the Super Bowl now have quality quarterbacks.

Another quarterback who retired with class was our own Len Dawson of the Kansas City Chiefs. He retired without a lot of fanfare and continues to be more or less in football, announcing the Chiefs games on the radio. Can you just imagine a player earning about $40 million over a 10-year span complaining about anything? I have stated before that the old cliche that "money is the root of all evil" makes sense. Where will this all end? And can the teams keep shelling out these multimillion-dollar contracts?

Just how good of a year Favre has in New York remains to be seen, but I still think he should have stayed retired. Like I said, Favre led the Packers to a 13-3 season last year which would have been a good year to call it quits without causing a big uproar. Many Packers fans consider Favre as the best quarterback ever, but how about Montana, Elway, Young and Manning? Favre was a good player with some good numbers, but he was no Montana or Elway, and they both have their rings to prove it. Montana probably wears five Super Bowl rings and I believe was twice MVP of the Super Bowl.

Right now my big concern is Brodie Croyle who didn't look too shabby in the preseason opener. Right now we are talking football, but how about those Kansas City Royals last Sunday, with an extra-inning win over Minnesota at Kauffman Stadium? I realize this was only one game, but just give Dayton Moore a chance and I think he will give Kansas City a competitive team in the future.


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