Should Grandfathers Be Allowed To Play In The NFL?

In recent years we have seen some fairly old players, those over 40, continue to play football because they think they are still young kids. But now we have one player who has just become a grandfather, which begs to ask the question, should grandfathers be allowed to play in the NFL? Of course I am just joking and wish to congratulate Brett Favre on his first grandchild.

The future hall-of-fame quarterback confirmed the news that his daughter Brittany Favre, 21, gave birth to a son on his official “for the love of the game” website.

“Parker Brett was born on Friday, April 2, weighing 7 lb. 7 oz. and we’re pleased to say that both Mom, Dad and Parker Brett are healthy and doing
great,” reads the statement.

So the real question is, will Brett finally hang up his cleats? I felt sorry for the guy during the Vikings loss to New Orleans during the playoffs last season. But did you notice that the pass he threw wasn’t even close to another Viking player? Same thing thing happened during the Super Bowl. Manning’s throw was so far off the mark I thought I had thrown the pass!

It brought back memories when Jerry Rice continued his career into his 40s, only to embarrass himself. Why would anyone who has blazed a glorious career wanted to stumble at the end of their careers and go down in a whimper?

It’s crazy if you ask me.

Comments welcome.


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  • Theodore

    You said “Why would anyone that has blazed a glorious career want to stumble at the end….” I think that these athletes get so much attention, so many people look up to them that they don’t want to disappoint them. They may see retiring as doing just that. Fans are so upset in most cases when a popular player decides he has had enough. The pressure to keep going is huge, not only from fans but from others as well like sponsors and managers who stand to loose money should they “quit.”

    • Ron Schenone

      Hi Theodore,
      Good point. Thanks for stopping by.

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  • Mike Weiler

    I believe anyone who is truely great fails to see themselves as less…if you ever heard the stories of some of these guys and things they have overcome in their lives to be GREAT you would quickly see how they believe if they work/try harder they will be able to get to where they have always been in life….if you are a really good writer and write a few bad papers you are going to believe in yourself to the point you will at least try to write great again….its human nature!!