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Farewell

Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  January 25, 2010 02:45 PM

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...That's what Brett Favre should say after what has been an eventful and memorable 20-year career. As maddening as it was to watch play out, Favre made the right decision by playing this season. Now, he should make the right one by not playing in 2010.

Maybe it is just fate that the 40-year-old Favre's career is to end with his last throw being an interception. He has always been a gambler -- for better or worse -- and nothing defines Favre's trick-or-treat nature better than the fact he is both the NFL's all-time leader in touchdown passes (497) and INTs (317).

Favre's career would have ended on an interception in the NFC Championship game if he had hung it up like he said he was going to following a teary press conference in Green Bay in 2008.

The irony of Favre's Follie yesterday is that it happened during a season in which he didn't throw double-digit interceptions for the first time since he became a starter in 1992. Favre had just seven interceptions this season and 33 touchdown passes, his most TD tosses since he won the last of his three straight MVPs in 1997.

Most of us have had our fill of Favre by now, but that's not the reason he should retire. He should retire because this is as close to going out on top as it is going to get for Brett. That was the case following the 2007 season and it's the case now. Not even Favre can out-throw fate. 
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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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