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To stay or not to stay

Posted on: January 26, 2010

A young 20 something Brett Farve who was the bright star of the Green Bay Packers.

A 40-year-old Brett Farve who was demolished by the New Orleans Saint's defense in the NFC title game this past Sunday.

After Sunday’s close loss to the New Orleans Saints, Brett Farve is now the talk of every sports broadcast. Will he stay or will he finally retire for good? Although this speculation has been surrounding Farve for the past three years, this year is especially crucial for the 40-year-old. After having shoulder surgery last year and purposefully missing training camp, Farve signed with the Minnesota Vikings after much speculation that the dependable quarterback was too old and not up for the task. Well Farve proved them wrong by having one of the most successful seasons of his career statistically. After almost leading the Vikings to the Super Bowl, many broadcasters are saying that Farve just needs one more year and then he can finally attain that second Super Bowl he has been longing to get.

The big question here is how old is too old when it comes to competing in professional sports. Although Farve has had an outstanding career, is it really worth the pain and suffering? During Sunday’s loss, Farve was literally beaten to the ground almost every play by the Saints. Farve is known for being a warrior on the field, so it was no surprise that he got right back up and lead his team farther down the field. Not even a sprained ankle would stop Farve who was 19 seconds and a field goal away from having his team in the Super Bowl in less than two weeks.  Today, it was announced that Farve would sit out next week’s Pro Bowl game in Miami because of injury and it makes me wonder if this is the last straw for him. Is this the final injury that will send him to retirement? Lets look at his past behavior.

  • September 19,1987- Farve is put in during the second half of his college’s game against Tulane. Besides being hungover from the night before and puking during warm-ups before the game, Farve leads Southern Mississippi to a come from behind victory
  • September 8,1990- Farve leads Southern Mississippi to a come back victory over Alabama after being involved in a near fatal car accident six weeks before that where the doctors had to remove 30 inches from his small intestine
  • On December 22, 2003- Farve opted to play the Monday Night Football game against the Oakland Raiders after his father had died of a heart attack the day before. Farve threw for four touchdown passes in the first half and finished with 399 completed passing yards
  • 2004 Season- Farve suffered a concussion in the game against the New York Giants and was not medically cleared to reenter the game. After reentering the game, Farve threw a fourth-down touchdown pass to win the game. It was reported that after the game, Farve commented that he did not remember the pass.

As you can see, there are numerous instances in Farve’s past that makes me believe that he is not ready for retirement. Even though he has had many injuries and he has had ankle and shoulder surgery, it is almost if Farve has not lost the drive for the game. Although he tries to fool the public with his teeter-tottering and his flip flopping as to whether he will be back next season, I think we all know that this is not the last time we will see Brett Farve. His passion for the game is something we can all inspire to achieve one day. He sees injuries not as a setback, but just an obstacle he must overcome. I think age does not matter. If you have the drive and passion and the talent to compete with someone who is almost half your age, then more power to you.

Farve deserves one more year. I wouldn’t want to go out on an interception and I don’t think he does either.


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