Several good posts on the Favre news conference over at ESPN’s Hashmarks blog.
In the end, I don’t think Favre felt like he could live up to his remarkable 2007 season. And quite frankly, it sounds like he’d grown tired of living up to all the expectations that come with being one of the game’s most popular players.
“Brett Favre got hard to live up to,” said Favre in one of the most poignant and revealing moments of the news conference.
His most defiant moment came when a reporter asked how difficult it was to walk away after throwing the back-breaking interception against the Giants in the NFC title game.
After describing what the days after loss felt like for a few moments, he sort of caught himself.
“I’m going out on top,” he said with a determined look on his face. “Believe me. I could care less what other people think. I’m going out on top.”
Asked what he planned to do in retirement, Favre said, “Nothing. Nothing.”