After 19 seasons, 186 wins, 505 touchdowns, 71,413 yards and 297 consecutive starts, have ween seen the last of Brett Favre on the field?
Some reports are suggesting it’s probable, if not likely.
While you can’t count Favre out, many believe that with his NFL record streak of consecutive starts snapped, he’ll be placed on the injured/reserve list by the Vikings, preemptively ending what would be three weeks worth of speculation.
NFL Networks’ Brian Billick says he can’t imagine Favre playing again this season.
“I don’t think given the nature of the injury … you heard the doctor say this is a minimum three- or four-week injury,” Billick said. “If they win tonight, they’re enough on the peripheral, I think they still go with Tarvaris Jackson. I can’t imagine, even Favre, continuing to heal at the rate that he’s going to get back into the lineup.”
Steve Mariucci added some insight on “NFL Total Access.”
“He’s not sure how soon this thing will feel better, because it was really hurting him this,” Mariucci said. “He’s not promising anyone he’ll play the next game, either.”
It would mean the last images we have of Favre on a field are of him picking himself off the turf at the Metrodome following a hit by Arthur Moats of the Bills, a play which led to an interception, left him with a sprained shoulder and would later end one of the most impressive (unfathomable might be a better word) streaks in sports.
You just never know when the end is the end.
Which brings us all the way back around to another intriguing stat involving Favre, courtesy of the NFL Network research crew. If Favre has thrown his last NFL pass, it will mark the third time in the last four seasons that his final pass attempt of the season, including the playoffs, was an interception. The only exception was in 2008. Although, it only figures his second-to-last pass that season was also intercepted, by Andre Goodman of the Dolphins.
If the status quo holds, Favre’s final pass attempts in those three seasons went to Bills CB Drayton Florence (2010), Saints CB Tracy Porter (2009) and Giants CB Corey Webster (2007).