Everyone is throwing in their two cents about this whole Brett Favre saga. Whether you love him, hate him, or don't care, everyone has their own opinion, view, and bias about his soap opera-like drama.
I am cutting out the fan bias and just telling the story in chronological order with Favre quotes, or quotes and summaries from those involved in the last three years of media madness.
In simplest terms, here it goes:
Jan. 1, 2007
Favre talking after what many believe is his final game against the Chicago Bears:
"If this is my last game, I want to remember it," Favre said, his voice cracking and tears streaming from his eyes. "It's tough, I love these guys. I love this game. What a great way to go out against a great football team. I couldn't ask for a better way to get out."
Feb. 3, 2007
Ted Thompson announces Favre will return for his 17th NFL season. "I'm excited about coming back," Favre said. "We have a good nucleus of young players. We were 8-8 last year, and that's encouraging."
March 4, 2008
Jay Glazer of Fox News breaks story Favre will retire.
March 6, 2008
"I don't think I've got anything else left to give. I know I can play, but I don't think I want to."
Late March, 2008
Reports from the Packers indicate Favre was ready to announce he would come back to play but backs out two days later. Favre disputes the Packers account.
April 4, 2008
A report in the Los Angeles Times, citing anonymous sources, reports a Favre representative has inquired about other teams' interest in trading for him. Favre's agent Bus Cook says his client is, "retired, period, point blank."
April 24, 2008
Favre tells David Letterman that as training camp approaches, "something's bound to happen."
June 20-July 2, 2008
Various reports speculate Favre has contacted the Packers about un-retiring and reporting to camp on July 28, but Favre is supposedly rebuffed by Mike McCarthy and the Packers.
July 2, 2008
Favre responds to his hometown newspaper, The Sun Herald, about recent reports in an ESPN story that he is coming back, saying, "it's all rumor." The paper reported Favre sent them a text message saying there's "no reason" for a media frenzy.
July 11, 2008
The Packers receive a letter from Favre and Cook asking for Favre's release.
July 12, 2008
In an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, Favre says, "One of the things that people, from what I understand, are saying is that Brett retired because of the Packers or Ted Thompson didn't ask, ask me back. That's totally untrue. They wanted an answer before free agency and the draft.
"Can't envision being with anyone else, or haven't envisioned being with anyone else."
July 16, 2008
The Packers file tampering charges against the Vikings for alleged inappropriate contact with Favre.
July 27, 2008
Favre does not show up to Packers training camps, as he once stated he would.
Aug. 1, 2008
ESPN's Ed Werder reports Favre is leaning toward taking a $20 million "buyout" offered by the Packers.
Aug. 3, 2008
Favre is reinstated into the NFL by Roger Goodell and arrives in Green Bay.
Aug. 6, 2008
Favre is traded to the New York Jets.
Jan 3, 2009
Peter King reports Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum asked Favre, "to give his decision [to return next season] sometime." Favre responded, "I'll take some time, but it may be time to look in a different direction."
Feb 11, 2009
Favre retires from Jets. Cites his shoulder injury as the primary reason, but he didn't want to have surgery on it. Favre says, "I'm 39. I had a couple of options. One, to get...(surgery) and go ahead and relieve the rest of the tendon that was attached...At 39, it was something I was not willing to risk."
On choosing to retire so quickly after the season, Favre said, "As I thought about it once again, I felt like for my sake and my family and for the Jets organization, the sooner the better, especially based on what's happened in the past...In fairness to Rex Ryan, this is the direction we're going to go in. That's why I tried to expedite is as quickly as possible.
"Its time for them to move on. Even though they didn't ask for an answer, in fairness to them, I wanted to let them pursue what they wanted to do."
May 5, 2009
Trent Dilfer of ESPN sends a text message for Favre asking if there was any chance he would consider playing in 2009. Favre responded in a return text with the word, "NO."
June 8, 2009
ESPN reports Favre underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair his injured passing shoulder in an attempt to play in the 2009 season.
June 16, 2009
On Joe Buck Live, Favre says, "It makes perfect sense as far as coming back because it's an offense I ran for 16 years. I can teach the offense.
"If (the arm) is not up to par when the time comes, I can't play," he said. "I went through it last year. I gutted it out, but it affected me and it affected our team. I won't go through that again."
Favre also compares his situation with former Packer coach Vince Lombardi going to the Washington Redskins.
Speculation rises that Favre will return to play for the Minnesota Vikings.
July 28, 2009
Favre tells Vikings he will remain retired: "I didn't feel like physically I could play at a level that was acceptable."
Aug 18, 2009
Favre agrees to a two-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings, and informs them he also has a partially torn rotator cuff.
"I felt like if they were willing to take that chance, I was too."
"I don't have to prove anything to anybody because what I've done—it's down in the books...I'm in it for the right reasons, and if people can't understand that, I'm sorry."
There it is. As simple as I could make it without turning it into a novel. Take what you will from it.