He is arguably one of the best to ever play the sport of football.
He has broken almost every record that a quarterback can break - even the interceptions record. He also had a great comeback year last season.
He decided to finally call it a career a couple of months ago and now it looks like former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre may or may not come back.
Do you have any idea how sick and tired I am of seeing players giving out their somber goodbyes only to come back?
Some people just won't say die. I am not saying I don't want Favre to come back. I just get a little annoyed with these athletes that put out these mass press conferences for everyone in the world to see, shed a few tears and say they are leaving us.
It's a neutral feeling for me on whether it is a good thing for the quarterback known as Ironman to come back.
There are several examples of people who have come out of retirement and got their second wind.
Then there are others that make us wonder why they didn't just stay home.
When Michael Jordan retired back in 1993 at the age of 30, not only did the
NBA lose a legend, we as sports fans felt a little empty inside.
After a miserable attempt at trying to become a baseball player, Jordan decided to make his return to basketball and all was right with the world again.
Jordan came back without missing a step. In fact, after winning three championships with the Chicago Bulls from 1991 to 1993, he went and did it again from 1996 to 1998.
Jordan finally decided to call it a career after winning his sixth title.
He left his legacy as arguably the greatest basketball player ever. And then he tried to come back again.
This time Jordan was on a different team. In 2001, 38-year-old Jordan played for the Washington Wizards.
Although he still had some solid games, it just wasn't the same. In fact, I was a little bored with it, because the impact wasn?t there like when he first came back. Maybe it had to do with being on a different team. Anyway, Jordan was a prime example of a comeback gone good.
Before going through the mess he is going through right now, pitcher Roger
Clemens hung up his cleats and glove at the end of the 2003 season after pitching for the New York Yankees.
After his buddy, fellow pitcher Andy Pettitte went to play for the Houston
Astros, Clemens decided to follow suit.
He came back and pitched one of his best seasons ever by going 18-4 with a
2.98 ERA. He didn't seem like a 40-year-old wash up, but nevertheless he was 40 going on 22.
Clemens helped the Astros go to the National League Championship Series and also received his seventh Cy Young award.
Probably one of my favorite examples of an outstanding comeback is one of a woman who did not really retire, but she was practically left for dead.
At age 14, Jennifer Capriati became a phenom in the sport of tennis. She became the youngest person ever to reach a Grand Slam semifinal at the French Open and at her young age, she had the potential to be one of the greatest tennis players ever.
Then, at 18, Capriati's life went downhill. Tennis was second to drugs and shoplifting. Capriati looked like her career was over.
In 1996, she came back to tennis at the age of 20.
With a lot of focus and patience, the next six years would be the most rewarding as for the girl who reached the French Open semifinal 12 years before.
She won her first Grand Slam title in 2002 at the Australian Open. She went on to win the French later that year. She went from tennis prodigy, to wash up, to No. 1 in the world.
Of course, not all comebacks lead to great success stories.
Some just make you scratch your head and wonder what they were thinking.
I was always told about the greatness that came from pitcher Jim Palmer.
One of the greatest to ever play the sport of baseball was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1990.
A year later, the then 45-year-old tried to get back on the mound with the Baltimore Orioles. I could actually get a chance to see this greatness on the mound.
Two spring training innings and a hamstring injury later, it just was not meant to be.
Just last year, running back Ricky Williams decided to unretire after taking a hiatus to get his smoke on and I'm not taking that statement back. Every time he was given a chance to return, he would fail another drug test and get suspended again.
Late last year, Williams tried once again to come back. He was clean (I think) and he was cleared to play with the Miami Dophins in a Monday night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The comeback try was a failure after he was injured and was out for the rest of the season.
No comeback comes worse that Mike Tyson. He was the youngest Heavyweight champ at age 20. Tyson was a threat every time he got into the ring. When he came back to the ring after being arrested numerous times for domestic abuse and rape, Tyson went a little crazy.
OK, maybe he went a lot crazy.
He was no longer a threat in the ring, he became the butt of all jokes. He tattooed his face and bit people. He was like a rabid dog.
After evaluating these comeback scenarios, Favre has done enough in this sport to make him one of the greatest in NFL and sports history.
I think he should stay retired. It may just save him from potentially falling flat on his face.
Juan Carlos Reyes is a sports reporter for the Record Star. Readers may contact him at 361-387-4511 or via email at email@example.com.