Brett Favre: "4" Score and Several Seasons Ago

John SzurlejAnalyst IJune 14, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 31-28 in overtime.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The Steve Miller Band once wrote,

"Time keeps on ticking, ticking, ticking, into the future," as does the clock on another NFL season. 

The question all Minnesota Vikings fans keep waiting for is if Brett Favre will be under center for one more go-round.

There are many factors in this parable.  However, don't get wrapped up into the soap opera the mainstream media keeps pumping out.

It's not about ego, the ankle, Favre's record, or the Super Bowl.  Surely those issues are valid, yet not the main reasons.

Something that hasn't been considered by media sources, and some fans alike, is the fact that although this man can still play and has the fire burning inside, Brett Favre is also trying to live his life. 

Recently, Brett Favre has become a grandfather.  That in itself may be something more powerful than a Super Bowl ring. 

It's not that he feels old, but the arrival of a grandchild can change the mentality of any man or woman.  Now things have a different perspective.

If you remember when Favre was in Green Bay, the first episode of "Favre Watch" began when the quarterback contemplated retiring to spend more time with his family. 

Regardless of how good or poor the Packers team was, the human element started appearing as Brett was getting closer to 40 years old and thinking ahead to life without football.

The same process continued for several seasons, even through the loss of his father and his wife's battle with cancer.

He finally retired, un-retired, and so on.

If anything, the drama that has unfolded over the years shows me someone who is battling his personal life and love with his public life and love of the game. 

It isn't an ego issue, it's a sign of someone who has a big heart; one which is torn.

Now as a grandfather, he may be pondering a permanent retirement.  Favre lost important moments in his daughter's life while he was making headlines and setting records.  He has publicly alluded to this issue.

I think now he may try to make amends to his daughter and grandchild by being there for them. 

Imagine that: the legend throwing diapers to the trash, instead of passes for touchdowns.

Either way, if Favre chooses to return, he'll still be Brett Favre.  If he chooses to walk away, he'll still be a legend.

Selfishly, I hope he returns, but if he chooses not to, he'll have more of my respect.

Good Luck Brett.