Brett Favre Retires? Yeah, Right!

Carl CockerhamSenior Analyst IAugust 3, 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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Congratulations to Brett Favre!

He is finally going to retire after 19 years of gun-slingin'. It is now time to make room for Favre's arrival to Canton in a few years.

Or is it?

On second thought, hold up!

Am I really buying this?

Favre has actually anounced his retirement from the game on television before. We all remember the teary-eyed press conference and some of us cried with him.

What happened next?

He played the next two seasons!

Are you tired of all this stuff with Favre?

I will never get tired of Brett Favre! He is one of the most exciting players in the NFL. He can do the same thing every year until he is 50, as far as I am concerned.

This time, it isn't even his fault!

He hasn't said a thing to the public or Viking Head Coach Brad Childress about it. Childress has said, "I'll believe it when I hear it from the horses mouth."

The whole root of this story came from a supposed text that went to unnamed teamates of his. But that's not what good friend and Viking kicker Ryan Longwell said. He said, "I talked to him this morning and he gave no indication that he was retiring."

Doesn't this seem kind of backwards?

Why would Favre tell a few teammates, let half of the day go by, and still not make it known to his coach. I don't think even Favre would do something like that.

There are too many reasons I can't believe this.

Flare For the Dramatic.

Favre has always made drama out of the simplest of circumstances. He has done that both on and off of the field.

It is not out of the realm of possability that Favre leeked it out himself. Then he watches the media try to ponder the situation. He could very well get a kick out of seeing how happy his teammates are to have him back after thinking he was done.  

The Streak

His streak is already insane but he can more likely keep it going if he doesn't come back too soon. His ankle is obviously not ready to come back yet.

There's no way a man his age is going to want to start a season already hurt. He would then have to take a week or so off during the season. If he's not on the team until healthy, the streak starts with him being healthy.


Favre is under contract to make 13 million this season. Sam Bradford just got a deal worth 50 million guaranteed. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are on the verge of getting extensions worth 20 million a year.

Why not make the Vikings break him off a few more dollars?

Team and Rules

This is the only way to miss camp and play without anyone questioning the coach's methods. Farve does have a bad ankle right now and needs to stay on his own time table.

Coming back too soon could cut the season short for him.

Mission Possible

Favre can very well be a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback if he comes back. The Vikings turned the ball over five times and still almost beat the Saints last year in the Conference Finals.

His team is still together and Favre is only a year older than he was during his best season. The team can go to the Super Bowl with him and nowhere without him.

He is smart enough to know the winning a championship is a process. He was new to his team last year and they narrowly missed. The next step for a team like this is usually a Super Bowl win.

The Bottom line  

We have heard nothing from the man himself saying that he is done. That is the only time anyone should believe such a story.

Do you remember the site of Favre jumping up and down like a kid when the Vikings scored a touchdown. He is still crazy about the game of football.

You should only half believe it if it even comes out of Favre's mouth.


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