Favre's legacy? Ask him in five years

September, 3, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

DAVIE, Fla. -- One of the more hackneyed sports theories around is that a player who hangs around too long wears out his welcome and those who finish their careers in a different uniform tarnish their legacies.

Yet we have to really stoke our synapses to remember Michael Jordan as a Washington Wizard, Eric Dickerson as an Atlanta Falcon, Bobby Orr as Chicago Blackhawk or Babe Ruth as a Boston Brave (look it up).

Brett Favre, who started 253 straight games for the Green Bay Packers, is about to start No. 254 as a New York Jet. He will make his official debut Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

"I do feel like a Jet," Favre said today on a conference call with Dolphins reporters. "The uniform feels right on me."

Favre isn't thinking about the ways Johnny Unitas or Joe Namath went out -- depressingly and in another team's clothes.

"Maybe moreso [Joe] Montana with Kansas City," Favre said. "If it works out, great. That's what I expected to do. If it doesn't, so be it. But I won't know unless I try. I know I still can play.

"If the odds are against me, you can say that from the outside looking in. I'm up for the challenge.

"And you know what? Five years from now, 10 years from now who really cares one way or the other? What matters is right now, and I enjoy being on this team."

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