Brett Favre has told the NFL Network that he will not return to play for his 21st NFL season next year in 2011. This means the Minnesota Vikings quarterback will retire at the end of this year. While this may come as a shock for most players, Favre is a unique case. Perhaps because we've heard this story several times in the past.
Favre has declared retirement multiple times in the past--three to be exact. Each time, the 41-year old quarterback would eventually be drawn back to the game. Of course, this is the first time that he's said anything in season regarding the matter.
The 3-time MVP is having a roller coaster year so far as he's battled nagging injuries, been involved in controversies, and faced skepticism as to whether he even deserves to be the team's starter.
Thus far, he's thrown 9 TD and 13 INT along with 1,896 yards and he's posted a 75.7 passer rating as well. Interestingly enough, Favre really turned it on in their victory over the Cardinals last week as he set career highs with 36 completions for 446 yards.
On a side story, Favre has allegedly sent photos and inappropriate text messages to former New York Jets hostess Jenn Sterger. Sterger met with the NFL today, and based on their discussion the league could take action accordingly.
Nonetheless, due to the hardships he's been met with this season, I actually expected Favre to retire or at least contemplate doing so. In fact, if there was ever any year that I believed him, it would be this one. Call me crazy, but I wouldn't be surprised if this was truly Favre's final year in the league.
Whatever happens, it'll certainly be interesting to see how this entire scenario plays out. Is he for real this time? Only time will tell.