We all thought Brett Favre was coming back after 2007's NFC Championship game loss, right?
We were wrong. He retired, surprisingly, saying he'd given all he could to the game of football.
Well, he was wrong that time.
Favre came back to the NFL, this time to the New York Jets after being traded from the Packers, and was on a mission: prove everyone wrong, and win a Super Bowl in the process.
That part didn't go so well.
Favre started the season on an 8-3 record and coupled with some great performances individually, like his 6 touchdown game against the 49ers.
But, like I said, Favre was on a mission.
He played so hard, that his arm failed him.
He (secretly) played injured for the remainder of the season, as the Jets and Favre's torn bicep tendon faded in the AFC.
Fast forward again, to that offseason. Favre retires from the Jets.
Notice I said "from the Jets," and not "from the NFL again?"
We all knew it was coming. Favre wanted to be a Minnesota Viking the minute he was told he'd have to compete with Aaron Rodgers to be the starting quarterback, and that if he did show up in camp, the PR mess would be so terrible that Favre received a text message from GM Ted Thompson saying "You'll get me fired."
If that's what Favre wanted—to get Thompson back—all he would have had to do, was simply show up to camp.
Favre doesn't have the ego and vendetta against Thompson that the media portrays, however.
If you look closely at what Favre had said in his tell-all interview with Fox News' Gretta Van Susteren, he didn't really say anything too damning of the Packers or Thompson mostly that he felt wronged, and both sides had parts in the nasty situation.
So, after his retirement from the Jets and all of the hoopla between 2007 and 2008, Favre signed with the Minnesota Vikings.
Raise your hand if you saw that coming....
Alright, moving on.
Favre played a career-best 2009-10 season, and led the Vikings to an NFC Championship Game berth, but in the end, his season ended the way his last passes with both the Packers and Jets had.
It's in all likely-ness that Favre is going to return in 2010. He's 41 in October, but an offense sporting Sidney Rice, Adrian Peterson, Visanthe Shiancoe and Percy Harvin can make Favre feel young again, entering his 20th NFL season.
Unless Favre retires after this season, we won't see a Favre retirement (for good) until the world ends. The 2012 season runs past December 21st (the day it all goes down) so a May retirement would not be happening.
Yes, you read it right. I see Favre playing another year after this season as well...