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    Legends: Finishing their career elsewhere

    Taylor traded to Washington. Favre is looking to get out of GB. Just more legendary NFL players - guys that were the face of their franchise at one time or another - finishing or likely to finish their careers elsewhere.

    This certainly a new trend, but it does seem to be rather common. Montana in KC, Emmitt in Arizona - the list goes on.

    A "problem", just something sad to see or part of the game?



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    Re: Legends: Finishing their career elsewhere

    I think that it's just part of the game. You see the same thing in other sports, as well. It's a matter of guys wanting to hang on a little longer than they should sometimes. Not saying that they can't be productive, but there always seems to be someone younger, and cheaper, to take there place. Aaron Rodgers, Steve Young, Julius Jones, etc.



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    Re: Legends: Finishing their career elsewhere

    Quote Originally Posted by djcubby View Post
    I think that it's just part of the game. You see the same thing in other sports, as well. It's a matter of guys wanting to hang on a little longer than they should sometimes. Not saying that they can't be productive, but there always seems to be someone younger, and cheaper, to take there place. Aaron Rodgers, Steve Young, Julius Jones, etc.
    I don't think Julius Jones replacing Troy Hambrick quite fits the bill.


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    Re: Legends: Finishing their career elsewhere

    Players start declining, teams want to get something from them before they're totally washed up. Don't know that it's necessarily good or bad in general. Although, as a Broncos fan, if I would've seen John Elway in another uniform it would've been a little disheartening.


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    Re: Legends: Finishing their career elsewhere

    Its not like this is a new trend for super star athletes, even greats like Joe Montana (Chiefs), Joe Namath (Rams), Jonny U. (Chargers), Franco Harris (Seahawks), Ronnie Lott (Jets/Raiders) finished thier careers with other teams. Free agency has just made this more common then it was before free agency. Gone are the days of a core team hanging around and winning a bunch of titles. In the NFL Dynastys like the 49ers of the 80s and Cowboys of the 90s are going to be fewer and further apart. You could say the Patriots, but thier dynasty is done with a fair amount of attrition in the roster, players being replaced by key free agents and strong drafts.



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    Re: Legends: Finishing their career elsewhere

    Joe Montana going to the Chiefs was a total disgrace. SF should have done whatever it took, to make sure Joe retired a lifelong Niner.

    Same thing for Emmitt Smith.

    I lost a lot of respect for the Niners after that. I know losing my respect hurt them as well.


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    Re: Legends: Finishing their career elsewhere

    The way Emmitt was treated by the Cowboys almost caused me to jump ship. Emmitt still had gas in the tank and was relatively healthy at the end of his career.

    It just seemed like the second he broke the record against Seattle, they wanted to get him out of Dallas. Troy Hambrick flapping his gums every other week sure didn't help.



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