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Topic: Brett Favre OUT; Aaron Rodgers IN
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 03/08/08 06:30
I know. Over the past few days we've been inundated by the news of Brett Favre's retirement. But you have to admit it is deserved. Favre has been amazing throughout his 17 year NFL career. He gets to do something few QB's can say they've done: leave the game while still having the ability to play it at a high level. Oh sure, his records are impressive: most passing yards, most passing touchdowns, and most career victories. And while all of these are impressive, the most impressive stat to me is his consecutive regular season starts.
Can you imagine any QB making 253 consecutive regular season games starts? I seriously doubt we'll ever see a QB achieve that mark again. That's just insane that a QB, any QB, managed to avoid an injury that would prevent him being able to line up under center again the following week for that long a period of time despite having been sacked 439 times (438 if you don't include that phantom Michael Strahan sack). If you use a conservative figure of a 2-1 hits-sack ratio, he has been hit or sacked at least 1,317 times. That is the equivalent of being hit once a day, EVERY day, for nearly 4 years.
Another impressive stat for me is the 13 seasons with at least 3,600 passing yards. That's better than 225 passing yards per game on average. 8 seasons with 30 or more passing TD's is also amazing. Many fantasy football fanatics can thank Favre for leading them to a championship over the years.
Speaking of fantasy football, this means there's a new name making the fantasy football rankings in 2008: Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has been waiting for his chance a few years now since being drafted in the first round back in 2005. 3 years of sitting on the bench is a luxury few first round QB draft picks ever get and it means that there will be a higher chance for success right away from Rodgers. Will he be a great fantasy QB? Probably not, but he will have the weapons to succeed, and he'll possibly be a lot better than many expect. Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, James Jones, Ryan Grant, a good OL; all these things give Rodgers a decent chance to be successful.
The biggest problem Rodgers is going to have is establishing himself in the shadow of Favre's legacy. There will be a lot of pressure on him and we've seen QB's wilt under that type of pressure. But for fantasy, look at Rodgers as a potential fantasy football sleeper now that he will be the main man.
Finally on Favre... A lot of speculation has gone on about whether he would have played another season if the Packers had gotten Randy Moss. I don't know, but it certainly would have made it more tempting for him. Regardless, it's nice to see a legend like Favre be able to go out while still having some game.
Love him or hate him, we all can say we got to see one of the most exciting QB's to ever play the game. Thanks for the memories, Brett.
On any given Sunday any fantasy team can beat another, only to still lose Monday night.
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Post Date: 03/11/08 18:21
Farewell great one, you have nothing left to prove
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