On August 3, 2010, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Brett Favre is planning on retiring from pro football.
After two unretirements, a season with the Jets plagued by injuries, and the comeback story of 2009, people are willing to believe that the leader of almost all major statistical passing categories is willing to hang up his cleats?
Favre has just as much a chance of retiring as Tavaris Jackson does trying to do what Favre failed to do last season: advance to the Super Bowl.
Saying that Favre does not want a chance to win another Super Bowl would be saying that he's a quitter, but there's no way the quarterback who started an NFL-record 285 consecutive regular season games will just give up now.
After they were so close last season, with Favre throwing the unfortunate interception in the final seconds of regulation in the NFC Championship game, the Vikings improved, just like the other teams in the NFL. And ESPN is telling us that Favre is ready to retire when he might have another crack at the Super Bowl this season? Impossible.
If Favre truly does not come back, the Vikings will have a harder time winning games with Tavaris Jackson, and will most likely win eight or nine games this season, maybe settling for a wild-card spot.
On the other hand, if he does coome back, Minnesota will again make a case to repeat as division champions, likely winning 12 or 13 games again.
Let's be honest here, the only real opponents in the NFC now are the Cowboys and the Packers. The Saints are not going to repeat as champions this year, and the NFC West is just a bad division in general.
This is also Favre's last chance at a Super Bowl, because the age will eventually catch up to him, regardless of what other people think. He is still coming off of his best season as a pro, so he still has the ability in him at this point in time. He also has the opportunity to take advantage of a weaker NFC, since contenders last year like Philly and Arizona are now in the rebuilding process.
Finally, Brett Favre announced that he would remain retired last year on July 28, 2009. However, just three weeks later, his ankles were fine, and he signed with the Vikings on August 18, beginning the season that should now convince Favre to play a 20th NFL season.
Favre reported that "the decision to retire would be easy if not for my staff and teammates. One year here truly felt like 10, something I never experienced in Green Bay."
Also, Brett Favre spent four months getting into shape and throwing the football around. You don't do that if you're planning on retiring.
If I had to predict right now, I would say that Favre will come out of retirement sometime within the next two weeks and join the Vikings. But retire? That's almost unheard of.
One thing's for sure though: we are in for a hell of a ride before the season starts.