Can we all just agree to quit talking about Brett Favre? He's retired.
The difference between now and the other retirements is that he obviously has nothing left in the tank. Last season is perfect proof of that.
Favre-to-Miami rumors were exaggerated exponentially. Though head coach Tony Sparano should have just told everyone, "No, we don't want Favre!", the fact that he couldn't rule anything out should not be nearly enough to create the media frenzy that it did.
Favre is retired. He's done.
He had a great career. He's one of the best quarterbacks of all time. But the media and fans have to let him go.
I remember the 2008 offseason, Favre's first retirement and return, when I, being a Dolphins fan, was pulling for him to come to Miami. He still had the fire, the will, the ability and the love of the game that Miami desperately needed.
The Dolphins were coming off the worst season in franchise history—a 1-15 record. The team absolutely needed an upgrade at quarterback, and the possibility of acquiring an NFL legend was really exciting.
Then to make matters worse, Miami signed Chad Pennington, the long-time despised Jets quarterback. Of course, it all worked out great as the Dolphins won the division.
The icing on the cake was the clinching Week 17 win in New York that gave Pennington a great win in his old stadium and sent Favre home to retire again.
Then he came back again.
But in 2009, Favre was spectacular. Everyone forgot the annoying coming-out-of-retirement saga from the summers previous as he had the best season of his career and led the Vikings to the NFC Championship.
Then last year he reminded us why most quarterbacks retire before they turn 41 years old. Eleven touchdowns vs. 19 interceptions is not NFL-starter quality.
When "Googling" Favre, the second suggestion is "brett favre dolphins."
That got blown WAY out of proportion.
Why would he sign with the Dolphins? Miami's no Super Bowl contender. Many fans and analysts predict another losing season for the team. Favre's almost-42-year-old body wouldn't change that.
No more reports, no more rumors, no more stories analyzing how Favre might fit in with Miami's roster. He's retired, people.
Can't Dolphins fans just get back to booing Chad Henne, griping for Kyle Orton, and criticizing the team's front office?