Little more than a year ago, the Brace Shop published an article about Brett Favre, who ended his 297 consecutive starts record and had to watch his Minnesota Vikings play from the sideline. At the time, Favre had a sprain to his sternoclavicular joint (neck/shoulder), which not only impacted his ability to throw, but also affected the feeling in his hands and arms. As usual, commentators and football fans spent the entire offseason discussing whether Favre would come back and play for yet another year, delaying the inevitable retirement that almost everyone in the NFL wanted him to take. Well, Favre didn’t come back and the football gods were finally able to rest.
Then just a couple of weeks ago, there was chatter in Texas about having the Texans bring him in to replace the injured Matt Schaub and backup Matt Leinart. That conversation faded just in time for rumors to begin in Chicago. Quarterback Jay Cutler went out with a thumb injury, leaving the once sure playoff bound Bears to rely almost entirely on the arm of Caleb Hanie (and the unbelievable defense of Brian Urlacher). Fast thinking Head Coach Lovie Smith seemed to be hoping that Cutler would be back in time for the playoffs is his team had a star quarterback to at least keep them from losing their spot in the postseason. But alas, neither the rumors in Texas or the Rumors in Illinois are true, if we are to believe the words of Favre himself, whose personal website says the following:
“In spite of reports about playing with various teams, I’m enjoying retirement with my family and have no plans to play football. I haven’t contacted nor have been contacted by any teams and all reports are inaccurate.”
And that’s what happened to Brett Favre. He actually stopped and started relaxing that shoulder.
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