Brett Favre Reportedly Has Ankle Surgery, Expected To Return In 2010

Kevin RobertsSenior Writer IMay 21, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings walks off the field after the Vikings lost to the New Orleans Saints 31-28 in overtime during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Due to earlier reports that Favre may need ankle surgery to play again (despite Favre himself denying the surgery as "mandatory"), this news suggests that Favre will indeed return for yet another season with the Vikings.

Of course, we have yet to hear it out of the NFL legend's mouth, his agent, or the Minnesota Vikings.

But do we really have to?

Let's face it, Brett Favre doesn't hold the media's strings, folks. He's not the puppet-master. The media is.

Favre's comments (or lack-thereof) are often taken out of context, distorted, or in some cases, very likely even made up.

Writers make a living off of Favre. This is the dead portion of the NFL offseason. Favre is all they have.

If it weren't for Favre, the Donovan McNabb and Brandon Marshall trades would have been the only major news in the NFL worth talking about for more than a day straight.

And while those stories can inspire fascinating conversations by themselves, they happened before the NFL Draft.

That means we've been clinging to ever bit of Favre whispers, quotes, rumors, and "news".

Reports come through on Favre being a grandpa, that he was "100% positive" he was done, and then that he'd need ankle surgery to play again in 2010.

In fact, reports even suggested that if Favre didn't opt for surgery, he'd be forced into retirement.

But of course, when Favre spoke up on his official website, he took control of the spiraling situation that has become his legend (at least in the offseason), and showed us all what we should have known already; that he's human, and contrary to popular belief, he's not sitting around conjuring up lies and rumors about himself.

But none of that matters anymore, because if this report about the ankle surgery is true, then there is nothing to lead us to believe that Favre won't be coming back.

Surely, Vikings fan will rejoice, Packers fans will cringe, and the rest of the NFL world will marvel.

Well, maybe not Bears fans.

Regardless, if this report hangs true, the world has Brett Favre in their lives for one more season of potentially magical football.

One that could end in a heroic finish, with the legend finally exiting on his own terms, with his second trophy in hand.

One that could end in an interception and failure.

One that could end, with Favre turning 41 in October, in injury.

But it won't be one ended sadly by one of the game's greatest players leaving before he gave all he could to the game.

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