It’s that time of year again, when talk of football begins and Brett Favre goes through his goldfish-out-of-the-bowl routine, flip-flopping from retirement to non-retirement. The multiple record-holding Favre told the Gulfport Sun Herald in June that he was healing according to schedule after his ankle surgery, and that he hadn’t made a decision yet. He said he would like to avenge the playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints in Minnesota’s first game of the season. But several sources inside the Minnesota Vikings organization have outlets like ESPN reporting that Brett Favre will not be returning to play his 20th season of professional football.
Twitter posts from Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and Fox Sport’s Jay Glazer on Tuesday indicate that the 40-year-old Favre has made his decision. Zulgad’s post was straightforward: “Brett Favre began telling Vikings officials last night he will NOT return for a 20th season.” Glazer’s corroborated, “Favre has told teammates he will NOT play this season, citing wear and tear on his body. Team is hoping he will change his mind.”
However, no corroboration has been forthcoming from Brett Favre or from the Minnesota Vikings. Brad Childress, Minnesota Vikings head coach, told ESPN.com that he had talked to Favre within the past 24 hours, but had heard nothing about retirement. He said he would not go on hearsay and would wait to hear it from Favre himself.
Favre led the Minnesota Vikings to a 12-4 regular season record in the 2009 season and a defeat of Dallas in the Divisional Playoffs before losing a close game to New Orleans in the Conference Championship game.
Most people expected Favre to return for the upcoming season, especially after coming off of such a spectacular season. And he still might return. Nothing has been finalized. And, with Brett Favre’s history, nothing ever is.
After waffling about retiring while he was with the Green Bay Packers, where he spent 16 or his 19 NFL seasons, Favre was traded to the New York Jets, where he had a lackluster year in 2008. He retired again after signing up to play for Minnesota, then changed his mind and played one of the best seasons of his storied career.
Brett Favre has thrown more touchdown passes (497), more yardage (69,329), won the most games (181), and appeared in more Pro Bowls (11) than any other quarterback in NFL history.
Unfortunately, he also holds the quarterback record for interceptions (317) and sacks (503) in a career.
But will he continue his consecutive games at quarterback record? At present, Favre has started 285 consecutive games, 309 if one includes postseason starts.
Time will tell…
Gulfport Sun Herald via HuffingtonPost.com