NFL news of December 14, 2002

Brett Favre has been dropping hints for months now, suggesting that his retirement from the Green Bay Packers is much closer than millions of his fans want to believe.

Not only has Favre broached the possibility in an assortment of interviews, but quietly, he has had his house on the market for the last few months.

… it stands to reason that if Favre decides to retire after this season, it would be easier for him to make the move without having an expensive home to unload.

…”To be honest with you, I’m scared,” one Packers official said recently. “He’s close, he is really close. I think he’s a year away.”

…When the thrill of the chase is gone, bank on Favre to leave the game shortly thereafter. If this is his final season and he emerges in good health, he could walk away at the relatively young age of 33 with an incredible streak of 173 consecutive starts intact and be ready to enjoy the carefree good life in Mississippi or perhaps a career in business, broadcasting, celebrity golf or something else.

…Whether Favre returns next season or not, the Packers can’t dilly-dally any longer about finding their quarterback of the future. Rookie Craig Nall will get his chance, but it’s much more likely the Packers will use a top pick on a quarterback when the draft is conducted April 26 and 27.

It’s a good year for quarterbacks, too, with Marshall’s Byron Leftwich, Southern California’s Carson Palmer, Louisville’s Dave Ragone and California’s Kyle Boller ranking as the top seniors. Florida junior Rex Grossman is expected to declare for the draft as well, but some scouts think Eli Manning of Mississippi will be back in school for his final season.

— Bob McGinn, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “NFL Draft means time to start thinking about life after Brett Favre.”

 McNall finished his NFL career 30 for 48 for 5 TDs and no interceptions. Favre left the Packers after the 2007 season but stayed in league through the 2010 season,

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