Is Tom Brady the new Brett Favre?
When you think of Brett Favre and Tom Brady you are thinking about two all-time great Canton-bound quarterbacks. The stats don’t lie. Favre broke many of Dan Marino’s long-standing quarterback records from career passing yards to touchdowns. Favre tallied up 71,838 passing yards and 508 touchdowns while completing 62% of his passes. As much of a gunslinger Favre was, Brady’s longevity has allowed him to blow past Favre with ease. With the conclusion of last season, Brady is sitting at 84,520 yards passing and 624 touchdowns, with a completion percentage of 64.2%.
Now when I imply that Brady is the new Favre I’m not referring to what they do on the field, but actually the drama they cause off of it. Both quarterbacks seem to be lightning rods of attention in the twilight of their careers. If you think back to the second half of Favre’s career, it seemed he was always thinking or rumored of retiring. For god sake, he retired from football three times. Here is a timeline of the Hall of Famers contemplation of shall I or shall I not retire:
- In 2002, Favre mentioned in an interview with Peter King he was thinking more and more about retirement.
- In 2003, Favre was frequently asked if he was going to retire in the early part of the season.
- In 2005, Favre was constantly being rumored to be retiring after the season due to a slow start for the Packers.
- In 2006, After a horrendous season for the Packers, Favre stated in January that if he had to decide right now he would not come back for another season, but low and behold in March Favre declared he will be back for another season.
- In 2007, Favre said that he will be behind center for another season for the Packers.
- In 2008, Favre announced his retirement from the Packers at a news conference in March. In June the quarterback decided to do a 180 and cause major drama for the Packers accusing the Packers of forcing him to retire early. He stirred up so much drama that the Packers ultimately had no choice and ended up trading him to the New York Jets.
- In 2009, After playing just one season for the Jets, Favre announced his retirement from the NFL for the second consecutive year, only to come out of retirement again six months later to end up playing for the Vikings.
- In 2010, Favre found himself slow in recovering from a playoff ankle injury and was leaning towards retirement again. Guess what, he came back for another season for the Vikings.
- In 2011, The quarterback “officially” filed his retirement papers with the league and has since stayed retired although there have been a couple of rumors of teams trying to lure Favre to come out of retirement.
If one should look up the word flip-flopper in the dictionary one is sure to see a picture of Brett Favre there.
Now comes the question: is Tom Brady the new Brett Favre retirement flip-flopper of the NFL? We’ll start off with a quote from last year when Mr. Brady was asked if he thinks he can play until he is 50-years-old. Brady said, “I don’t find it so difficult. Plus, in Florida, it’s kind of a retiree state, so I feel like I can play and then just glide into retirement. I think I can. I think it’s a yes.” So low and behold right after the 2021 season was over rumors started swirling around that Brady was thinking about retirement. Seems like where there was smoke there was indeed fire. On February 1st, 2022 Brady announced he was retiring from the NFL via social media:
After a month of letting his decision of retirement settle in the G.O.A.T. seems to have a change of heart and now has announced that he is coming back to the Buccaneers.
Who knows if this is the start of a trend, but one thing is for sure Brady will make the Buccaneers competitive again for at least one more year. So what do you think, is Tom Brady, the new Brett Favre?
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Reference for Brett Favre's retirement timeline was: Wikipedia