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Dave Goldberg
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Dave Goldberg

Covered the NFL for the AP for 25 years and now is a senior NFL writer for

Better off in Hattiesburg


Brett has ankle problems. Serious ones.

Brett's coach says he's exercising poor judgment as a quarterback.

Brett has off-the-field problems that the NFL is investigating.

In truth? Brett should have stayed in Hattiesburg. And he should have done it after his first retirement -- after the pass that Corey Webster intercepted that ended the 2007 Packers' dream of a Super Bowl trip and sent the Giants on to Phoenix to upset the Patriots in one of the best title games every played.

Instead, he's the poster child (a child literally, in a lot of respects) for the athlete who can't hang up his cleats.

Brett was 38 when he first made his announcement. An old 38, beaten and banged-up from playing all those games, including one season with a broken thumb. When he made that announcement early in 2008, folks immediately starting listing the Hall of Fame eligibles for 2013 and wondered if there'd be enough room from among Favre, Michael Strahan, Jonathan Ogden, Warren Sapp et. al.

The way he's playing, the voters (including me) might forget how great he was in his prime..

No, Brett should not be playing. He shouldn't have played for the Jets in 2008 (hence the off-field problems) and probably shouldn't have played for the Vikings in 2009 -- he had one of his best seasons on the field but he threw an interception that kept Minnesota out of the Super Bowl, so his comeback never had its anticipated climax.

In the end, his case is simple. And sad. As is the case with the rest of Minnesota's brass.

Ziggy Wilf is an owner desperate for a new stadium and thinks a Lombardi Trophy is the only way to get one. Brad Childress thinks that winning a title might be the only way to save his job but he's finding that Favre's not the only aging Viking in decline. He was only responsible for seven of the 28 points Green Bay got Sunday night.

At worst, he should take time off to heal -- Roger Goodell might order some anyway.

Hey, Tarvaris Jackson isn't so bad. If Childress is still the coach, he'll need him next season.

Or maybe he can lure Kurt Warner out of retirement.

Good luck with that.

By Dave Goldberg  |  October 26, 2010; 12:30 AM ET  | Category:  Brett Favre , Minnesota Vikings , NFL , Quarterbacks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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