NFL 2012: Dare I Say It? Could Brett Favre Return in 2012?

Chad LundbergCorrespondent IIIMarch 12, 2017

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 28:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings walks off the field at the end of the first half against the Washington Redskins at FedExField November 28, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Vikings won the game 17-13.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Before you start rolling your eyes, please understand that I am only writing this for the fun of it. This is in no way a reflection of what I think should happen or what I think will happen, I am merely bringing it up for the sake of the conversation.

Brett Favre has made it clear once and for all that he is retired, and for once, it's not because of what he said but because he never signed with a team all season. He actually means it this time.

There is a reason Brett kept jumping back and forth between retiring and coming out of retirement so many times in recent years. It's because he has a love for the game, but he can only stand so much of it.

So in theory, if Brett is to simply take a year off, get well rested, both mentally and physically, then it's possible that the urge for him to return is coming back.

Think about it. His foot is probably all healed by now, and he's had the time to catch up with his family—doesn't that sound like a reasonable break from football?

One question lingers, however. Can Favre still play? I doubt there's any real way of knowing, but I can offer my opinion, and I think that he can.

Yes, he had a terrible year in 2010. But consider the circumstances. Favre didn't have his No. 1 receiver or his third-down safety valve in Chester Taylor, and the offensive line was mediocre at best. Simply put, Favre wasn't working with the same talent as he did in 2009.

More importantly, he just didn't seemed focused or really into the game. He was a 41-year-old quarterback who was dearly questioning if he should comeback anyway, and to make matters worse, Jenn Sterger showed up again, which created a distraction.

Just think what it must have been like for Favre to come to his wife every day while the name "Jenn Sterger" was being thrown at them every time they were in front of a camera. It must have been heartbreaking.

There are still teams that are in need of a quarterback or at least a backup quarterback, although I seriously doubt Favre would be willing to sit behind anyone and just wait for the opportunity to present itself.

At the very least, we could see Favre start to coach in the NFL or college football like he said he plans on doing someday.