Quarterback Brett Favre is legendary for his play on the field over the course of a fantastic, 20-year NFL career, but his waffling with regard to retirement is legendary in its own right. Despite that, it appears as though the gunslinger is done with the game for good after turning down the St. Louis Rams.
ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report the Rams placed a call in hopes that the 44-year-old future Hall of Famer would consider making a comeback, but Favre decided against it.
St. Louis called Brett Favre, asking if the 44-year-old QB if he would be willing to play. Favre declined. More to story on ESPN all day.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 24, 2013
Jonny Saraceno of USA Today later confirmed, courtesy of the legend himself:
#BrettFavre confirms to us at Sportstalk 570 the St. Louis Rams did contact his agent about making a comeback -- as other teams have done.— Jonny Saraceno (@jonnysaraceno) October 24, 2013
#BrettFavre tells Sporstalk570 in Washington, DC that he never will play football again.— Jonny Saraceno (@jonnysaraceno) October 24, 2013
When it comes to retiring his famous No. 4 Packers jersey, #BrettFavre says he believes "there is a good chance it could happen this year.''— Jonny Saraceno (@jonnysaraceno) October 24, 2013
ESPN's Staff followed with additional details surrounding the Rams and Favre: "One source familiar with the Rams conversations said that, if Favre took them up on their interest, 'it could break Twitter.'"
Favre's former teammate, Jared Allen was asked about the report by ESPN's Ben Goessling and commented on the possibility of another comeback:
"I saw him this offseason," Allen said. "Dude’s in good shape. He could probably come back and still sling a few. If he comes back, I’m going to fly down there and tell him stay retired.
"Brett, if you’re listening, stay retired, man. He can’t come back again."
Without Bradford, the Rams are forced to go with journeyman Kellen Clemens under center. Apparently the organization's confidence level there isn't particularly high, as contacting Favre could be viewed as a desperation move.
Did Favre make the right decision by turning down the Rams?
After all, even Favre himself said recently that he didn't intend to play in the NFL again. According to Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today, Favre shot down the notion of yet another return.
"I am [in shape], but I am no way considering playing," Favre said.
Last month, Favre's agent Bus Cook fanned the flames a bit in terms of a potential comeback by saying that Favre could still be an NFL player, via Tommy Hicks of AL.com.
"Today, he could play today,'' Cook said. "I saw him the other day. He's in the best shape I've ever seen him in, physically."
Cook gushed about Favre's condition and certainly made it sound as though returning to the NFL could be a possibility if an offer came along.
His arms look like a blacksmith's arms. He rides a bike probably 30-50 miles a day. He runs four or five miles a day. He's coaching at the high school and they're undefeated. He loves it. His body fat is 7.5 percent and he weighs 225 pounds. He could play today, better than a lot of them out there today.
Despite Cook's praise, Favre took a stand and decided against yet another comeback. He became a bit of a punch line late in his career when he twice spurned retirement to play for the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings, but that won't be happening this time.
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