Brett Favre: The Man Who Cried Wolf

Rachel MarcusCorrespondent IAugust 4, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 17:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings reacts to a call while playing against the Dallas Cowboys during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Cowboys 34-3.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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By now we all know Brett Favre's annual dilemma. We know who he is. We know his career and his legacy.

Yesterday, I neglected to write about Brett Favre's retirement because it wasn't worthy. Because it wasn't news. For now, at least.

Today's news states that Favre will still play if he is healthy.

So now we don't know what to expect from him. Do we believe him? I don't think we can.

Before 2008, there was always speculation surrounding Favre's retirement. But in 2008, he made it almost official. He retired. Or so everyone thought. In reality, he came back, left the Packers and joined the Jets. Favre was in the news almost every day of that summer in 2008.

And then last year, Favre again speculated retirement. But because of years past and especially 2008, most figured he would come back. And he did, but with the Vikings.

Now, there's no denying Favre's talent. He's got it. But he's injured a lot in the offseason.

Still, the Vikings would be just as good as last year if he comes back. He's still got it. When healthy, at least.

I would say Favre's return is 50-50 as of today. But either way, he has dug himself into a deep hole with the public. No one is going to believe him anymore.

If you cry wolf once, you're fine. Twice, you get away with it. But the third time? Sorry.

So when Brett Favre does retire (whenever that may be), he may not get a respectful goodbye because people won't believe him. I already don't.

He'll say his "goodbyes," but we won't know if they are real. And everyone is tired of going through the same ritual each year.

Come retirement time, everybody's going to be saying "yeah, yeah, yeah."

Because no one believes the boy (or man in this case) who cried wolf.