NFL Notebook: End of Favre's exciting career has another twist
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There is the way most NFL quarterbacks do things and the way Brett Favre did it.
Over 20 seasons he built one of the most exciting, colorful and drama-filled careers the league has ever seen, built on a "don't try this at home" style of play predicated on taking big risks in the game's biggest moments. No apologies needed for his three MVP awards, two Super Bowl appearances and NFL records for consecutive starts, victories by a quarterback, yards passing, completions, touchdowns and pretty much every other passing mark there is.
And none offered for his bitter split from the Green Bay Packers, careless interceptions in two NFC championship games and refusal to cooperate with an NFL investigation into alleged tawdry messages sent to a game-day hostess with the New York Jets in 2008.
"I hope that people admired the way I played, my passion for it," Favre said Sunday after watching his Vikings lose in Detroit while a third-string quarterback named Joe Webb took the snaps. "Because I hold no regrets."
His final season was filled with turnovers and oddities -- the final play of Favre's career will apparently be a jarring sack by the Bears on a rock-hard college football field. On the same day players across the league were clearing out their lockers for the year, Favre was sued by two massage therapists who say they lost their jobs with the Jets after complaining about those text messages from the famous quarterback.
Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth rejoined Washington -- if only for a day. This two-time All-Pro defensive lineman reported to Redskins Park as required Monday, a day after the team ended a 6-10 season with a loss to the New York Giants. Haynesworth took his season-ending physical and cleaned out his locker, but he did not speak with coach Mike Shanahan.
One-time bust Mike Williams, Seattle's leading receiver, signed a three-year extension. Terms were not disclosed.
Offensive lineman Rich Seubert will have surgery to repair a disclosed right kneecap. He was injured in the first quarter of the Giants' season-ending victory Sunday against the Redskins .
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew will have arthroscopic surgery this week to repair partially torn meniscus in his right knee. Jones-Drew injured his knee in the preseason and played with pain for 14 games.
Commissioner Roger Goodell sent an e-mail Monday to about 5 million fans, telling them that "if both sides give a little," the league and its players' union "can and will reach an agreement" on a new labor deal.
First Published January 4, 2011 12:00 am