For about 10 minutes, Brett Favre thanked all his former coaches, explained why his daughter is always late for school, let Marshall Faulk know what he's wearing, and discussed what is really important in life. It had been reported that he was retiring because he's tired, mentally tired. But why was he so tired now, after the end of such a great season?
It's the same with Favre, He knows he can still play, but he's got nothing left to prove and the long season is wearing him out mentally. Usually a player has to retire because he's lost the ability, or injuries, even ones that allow them to still play, are forcing their hands. Usually a player's physically finished before the mental parts are worn out. With Iron-Man Favre, it's the other way around.
It's interesting that he's watching more film than ever during the season. I've read many quotes along the lines that the more you know about something, the harder it gets:
Now, if I had to go back with the same mentality right now that I have and start over again, I probably wouldn't make it, because I'm so much more aware of how difficult it is to win, to prepare.
If you really think about it, that stuff is so much more important than football. But at times we lose sight of that...
But I am, once again, I'm not perfect, never will be. I'll probably get in trouble with Deanna at times, with my girls at times, but I do have a different outlook on life, much more than 16 years ago. But I am very proud of the things that we have done off the field. Could we have done more? Sure. Could we all do more? Absolutely. But we have impacted other people's lives in a positive way I would hope, and we are thankful for that.