I don’t know who created this, but I love it.
You have to give credit to the Packers organization. Just four years ago, they had the choice of letting their Super Bowl-winning, first ballot Hall of Fame quarterback return from an offseason retirement or trading him and putting their future behind a three-year backup who was drafted after Alex Smith and spent one of his unimpressive backup seasons on IR.
If they’d have chosen to take back Favre, maybe the Packers would’ve been the beneficiary of the career-best season he produced at age forty. And maybe that would’ve been enough to get them to the title game again. But they chose youth. And now, as Brett retires amidst some scandal, Green Bay goes home a champion with the larder stocked in favor of more title runs in the near future.
Eventually, New England, Indy, New Orleans, San Diego and Pittsburgh will all have similar choices to make–whether to let the old Hall-of-Famer go and bet on youth, or cling to an aging titan in an effort to squeeze out every last drop of success. As an Indy fan, I just hope my team has someone with Rodgers’ talent waiting in the wings when that decision is on the table. (And I hope the other teams are stuck with guys like Alex Smith.)