Brett Favre, the star quarterback who won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers in the ‘90s and led the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Championship Game last season, has reportedly announced that he is retiring. Of course, Favre has tended to retire the way boxers and rappers do: Temporarily (this is Favre’s third-ever retirement announcement). On the other hand, the dude turns 41 this fall, is a grandfather, and has started a record 309 consecutive regular-season and playoff games; and on top of all that, he had ankle surgery in the offseason. So Favre’s permanent departure from football—even following one of his best seasons ever—does have the ring of plausibility. (As always, Kissing Suzy Kolber is invaluable on the will-he-or-won’t-he question.)
Meanwhile! The Vikings’ depth chart reveals that, should Favre not play (and should they not sign a random free agent in the next few weeks), Minnesota’s starting quarterback will be Tarvaris Jackson, and their immediate back-up will be Sage Rosenfels—the NFL’s only current Jewish quarterback. Last year, Rosenfels was the only member of the Vikings’ roster not to play a single down. But this season, as the second-string, he should see some action. You know, assuming Favre actually retires.
Favre Ready To Call It Quits [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
Earlier: Vikings’ Jewish Quarter Back Got Zero Playing Time