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It's the news Brad Childress and Jared Allen have been waiting (and asking) for.
Brett Favre has once again decided to return, to what now is his 20th season in the NFL.
The 11x Pro Bowler has decided not to hang up those 20 year old cleats he first wore in 1991. In his journey around the league, he's played for the Falcons, Packers, Jets, and now the Vikings.
Favre's first ever NFL pass was a pick-6, and his last, in the 2009-10 season vs. the Saints that broke the cardinal rule. He threw across his body with a Super Bowl appearance on the line for an interception. That would be his last throw before another off season, and another big decision. Favre had a question appear in his mind for the second time in his life, to retire or not to retire. Now, we all know Favre's a tough guy, running for gains, and avoiding the sack. But there's a bigger question. Is he tough enough to continue his pro-longed career at Quarterback?
This is a time line of Favre's off season:
- Favre had carried the Vikings into the playoffs, but that journey ended in respect to the Saints.
- Favre had several months to make his mind up on retirement, debating what would take him into his 20th NFL season.
- In April, orthopedist James Andrews stated that Favre's ankle had not healed after taking a hit in the 2009 NFC Championship Game, while Favre stated "This decision would be easy if not for my teammates and the fans and the entire Vikings staff. One year truly felt like 10 -- much like Green Bay for many years. That's what I was missing in my heart I suppose, a sense of belonging.".
- In early August, sources related to the Vikings stated that Favre would be returning to the NFL and the Vikings. The announcement was given on August 17th.
Finally after much thought and anticipation, and successful ankle surgery, Favre had decided to extend his career to 20 seasons, and continue his streak of 271 consecutive starts at Quarterback. Only time will tell if Favre's decision once again will play out into a 4,000 yard, 30 touchdown season with the Vikings.
Favre continues his legacy in the NFL, on pace for over 300 consecutive starts if he starts every game of the season. And all of us want to know, how will the Vikings handle Brett Favre? Will he get injured, will he not start any games? His 500 touchdowns and almost 70,000 yards keep him going, but will this season be his last?