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Just The Sports: Aikman: Favre Likely to Retire

Just The Sports

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Aikman: Favre Likely to Retire

Troy Aikman, former quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, recently opined that following a horrendous season by Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers that Favre is now likely to retire. While I agree that Favre is likely to retire, I do disagree with some of Troy Aikman's quotes from the article. So I am going to have some fun and pick and choose two of his statements and give my own idea on them.

"I'd hate to see him retire," Aikman told The Associated Press on Sunday.

I wouldn't. In fact, I would be glad to see Brett Favre retire from the NFL. Besides the fact that he is now only a shell of his former self, it would rid the NFL of one of the biggest media hogs of this football generation. More so than Terrell Owens or Chad Johnson or Keyshawn Johnson, Favre loves the attention of the media and being interviewed and giving his opinion. The only difference is whereas the media has villified the aforementioned wide receivers, the media worships the ground Favre treads upon and the air through which he throws countless interceptions.

"He's still playing at a high level, and I still believe he's one of the best quarterbacks in the league," Aikman said.

Brett Favre is not still playing at a high level. Last year, he threw a career-high 29 interceptions. Usually, a quarterback playing at a high level does not throw 29 interceptions. And although Troy Aikman still believes Favre is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, he is wrong. But don't just take my word for it. To find out just how Favre ranks against other quarterbacks in the league, I looked at the quarterback ratings of all NFL quarterbacks from the 2005 regular season. Excluding the quarterbacks who only threw a handful of passes, here are the quarterbacks who were better than Favre last year when Favre was playing at a high level. Here goes...Peyton Manning, Carson Palmer, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Hasselbeck, Mark Bulger, Tom Brady, Jake Plummer, Trent Green, Byron Leftwich, Drew Brees, Brad Johnson, Jake Delhomme, Mark Brunell, Kurt Warner, Donovan McNabb. And I could have kept going.


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