by Luke DePalatis
The Green Bay Packers announced on Sunday that they officially signed 49-year-old veteran Brett Favre to a one year deal in case Aaron Rodgers suffers another injury in 2019.
Rodgers has become a legend within the world of football since he was drafted in 2005. As one of the highest performing quarterbacks of the last ten years, the Green Bay Packers may seem to have the position locked down, but Rodgers’ injury history tells another story.
In th 2016-2017 season, Rodgers historically went down with a severe collarbone injury, grounding him for the season. This opened the door for the professional backup QB, Brett Hundley, to take the reigns. In the 2018 season Rodgers’ went down with a leg injury. This time the seat was filled by DeShone Kizer, whose performance in Cleveland was so horrible it led Josh Gordon to turn to marijuana.
Because of this, the Packers have struggled, finishing third of four in the NFC North in consecutive seasons. Rodgers’ injury-prone nature has led to some concerns from Green Bay head coach Matt LaFleur.
“It’s definitely a big problem for us,” LaFleur says. “If Aaron goes down again we need someone who will be able to pick up the team and take us to the playoffs. That’s why the front office has decided to sign Brett Favre, who we feel can provide some much needed depth to the core offense.”
Brett Favre spent most of his career in the Green Bay Packers’ organization, starting ahead of Rodgers in the early 2000s. Favre is also known for his historic “games started” streak, going 297 straight games at the helm.
“I’m excited to get back on the field,” Favre notes. “I may be a little older than I was, but my arm is still strong. If Tom can do it, so can I.”
This is the fourth time in Brett Favre’s long career that he’s come out of retirement. Between 2008 and 2010, Favre retired every single year, from the Packers first, the Jets second, the Vikings third and then the Vikings again, somehow.
“I think this is a huge step up for us,” LaFleur says. “It’s going to be nice to have Brett back in Green Bay. Hopefully it’ll help our fans forget about the last couple years. Plus, it’ll be nice to finally have a durable player on the team. He may be almost fifty years old, but at least he’s not Aaron Rodgers.“
When asked how long he intends to play in the NFL this time around, Favre had this to say.
“It’s hard to tell at this point. I think it mostly comes down to how long it takes to pay off my yacht and my barbecue joint, but, in the end, I just love the game, ya know? I could play forever.”