A recent photo uploaded by r/GreenBayPackers on Reddit features a bearded 44-year-old Favre flexing his muscles at a conference in Orlando without even trying. It's so impressive, one has to wonder whether someone skillfully Photoshopped Favre's head onto Tim Tebow's body.
CLEsportsFan10 on Twitter was also there to snap a picture:
Unsurprisingly, the fast-circulating image created quite a stir across social media, especially on Twitter.
While much was made of Favre's pumped-up pectorals and Duck Dynasty-inspired facial hair, the Santa Claus comparisons were by far the easiest to make:
It appears Brett Favre inadvertently knocked Santa off the roof.— Sal Cacciatore (@SCacc8) March 5, 2014
"the love-child of Santa Claus and Arnold Schwarzenegger." wow Brett Favre.. pic.twitter.com/u7KDuI5gYU— Lionel Bienvenu (@lionelbienvenu) March 4, 2014
Ultimately, the conversation circled back to Favre's physique:
Brett Favre looking like a Cenegenics model http://t.co/2XiiIS0YlN— Kyle Vassalo (@ASU52) March 4, 2014
It seems that almost everyone has expressed an opinion on Favre's latest venture into the spotlight. But the majority appear to be just fine with his new look generating headlines:
Brett Favre is now a lumberjack. I guess that's okay.— David Jenkins (@scriptdave) March 5, 2014
Some have even been inspired by Favre's whiskers:
Brett Favre's Beard is my hero— Nick Bosch (@theDon_Bosch) March 4, 2014
Others will never understand the appeal:
Why is Brett Favre having a beard make this much noise?— Sean Adams (@seanMadams19) March 5, 2014
The Sports Pickle even went back in time by poking fun at Favre's retirement drama:
Imagine how many times Brett Favre will change his mind about shaving his beard. (This joke brought to you by the year 2010.)— SportsPickle (@sportspickle) March 4, 2014
It's hard to imagine any other retired NFL player sparking a reaction just by showing up in public. But, then again, few athletes have been or are as polarizing as No. 4 on and off the field.
Favre's jaw-dropping appearance is sure to stir up plenty of rumors regarding a potential return to the NFL, especially considering that his agent, Bus Cook, said he could still play in today's game as recently as September 2013, per AL.com's Tommy Hicks:
Today, he could play today. I saw him the other day. He's in the best shape I've ever seen him in, physically. 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.
Still, the old gunslinger appears to be awfully content with retirement, where he isn't forced to elude 300-pound defenders week after week.
With winter coming to an end, it's seemingly only a matter of time before Favre sheds the glorious beard. However, unless the 11-time Pro Bowler goes into hibernation this summer, this more than likely won't be the last we see of Favre's muscles.
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