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There are certain athletes who have earned the right to go out on their own terms, regardless of how the media may portray their exits. In football, Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith and Dan Marino were three such transcendent players. Brett Favre is another.

Favre's record for consecutive starts may never come close to being matched. He's a Super Bowl champion and holds almost every meaningful career passing record. His place in the game's history is secure. He is great for the game and for the league.

Far be it from any of us to tell him when it's time to leave the game for good. The media had written him off two seasons ago, and all he did was lead the Packers to a 13-3 record and a berth in the NFC championship game. This season thanks to Favre, the New York Jets can win the AFC East title on Sunday.

Doesn't sound to me like a player who should retire.

By Gene Wang  |  December 23, 2008; 1:26 PM ET  | Category:  Green Bay Packers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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