Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Terminal Point of an Epoch

... yessiree, no cliches here (we give 110% and really come to play when it comes to avoiding cliches)

Anyway, getting back on topic:

Packers QB Favre to retire
Three-time MVP calling it quits following 17 seasons
Posted: Tuesday March 4, 2008 9:52AM; Updated: Tuesday March 4, 2008 1:16PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- After flirting with retirement for years, Brett Favre means it this time. The Green Bay Packers quarterback quit after a 17-season career in which he dazzled fans with his grit, heart and rocket of an arm.

Sad, but inevitable. At least he got to retire after what can only be described as a stunningly successful season.

And so now, the inevitable question - who's going to be the next Brett Favre? Who, next, is going to show that combination of ability and ebullient on-field running-around-like-a-kid personality. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, while fine quarterbacks both, are disqualified on account of being robots. Donovan McNabb's been injured too much. Phil Rivers and Brady Quinn are apparently creeps (also Carson Palmer, by some accounts). So, who does that leave? JaMarcus Russell (Yes, I know he plays for Oakland, but still)? Drew Brees? Big Ben, in Pittsburgh (I did just wimp out of trying to spell his name, thank you for asking!)? Eli Manning (and it's no accident, methings, that young Elisha played the best football of his career after Jeremy Shockey was removed from the equation, speaking of creeps)? Maybe, but for now, Packers fans can but hope that the answer to that question is "Aaron Rodgers."*

*Edit: I somehow managed to leave Tony Romo off that list. He may, in fact, be the best candidate for "next Brett Favre."

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