The football world was stunned when Barry Sanders walked away from the all-time rushing record; one good season away from being the all-time leader. It’s also astonishing that Brett Favre would consider an early retirement while he is within a whisker of obtaining a record that would be the hallmark of his career—the all-time interception mark.
What is your lasting image of Brett Favre?
Alright, other than puking up a couple of vicodins and then retaking them (thanks Playboy interview).
The playoff losses to Dallas in the mid-1990s?
Losing to Michael Vick while becoming the first quarterback in club history to lose a home playoff game?
Nah. Favre is most known for throwing interceptions. His six-interception game against the St. Louis football team in the 2001 playoffs will be recognized as the pinnacle of his career. It is baffling that Favre would consider walking away from football only 22 interceptions away from tying George Blanda for the all-time mark (277). Heck, Favre could probably reach that record by week 10.
The national media has piled on Favre for being selfish. If anything, he is being very considerate to even consider walking away to leave Blanda with his legacy. Favre obviously doesn't want to embarrass himself like Franco Harris who hung on too long for a record. But football fans everywhere would clamor to see Favre reach this mark. As much respect he must have for Blanda, Favre owes it to the NFL fans to at least make a run at the record.
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