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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Enjoy the old guard while you can

Roger Clemens. Brett Favre. Shaquille O'Neal.

All three at one point were the pre-eminent players at their positions in their respective sports. Now they are either perennially retiring and unretiring or trying to save the gas in their tanks for one last playoff/championship run.

Which is why we should enjoy them while we can.

Why bring this up? I just read a story on ESPN.com about Favre, who said something to the effect of another 4-12 or 8-8 season and it may be time to give it up.

Surprising to hear that? At first glance, coming from Favre, you bet it is. This is a guy who may need to have a limb cut off to miss a start. But, in a way, it shouldn't be that much of a surprise.

The older he gets, the less fun Favre seems to be having. And Favre, in his prime, enjoyed the game as much if not more than anyone in the NFL.

So if this is indeed Favre's last rodeo, let's hope he hangs in there for the full eight seconds.


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