In an interview with Steve Mariucci, Brett Favre was asked a simple, direct question: Are you coming back in 2011? His response: a quick, simple, "No."
As a Packer fan, I recall a few years ago there was a certain press conference where similar things were said. Those things turned out to be lies, as Brett demanded to not only play, but start. Long story short, Brett didn't get his way, went to the Jets for a year and then the Vikings for two (in case you didn't know).
His reasoning for choosing the hated Vikings after the Jets released him? To be reunited with a familiar coach: former quarterbacks coach Darrell Bevell.
After a 12-4 season and a run to the NFC Championship Game, Brett's 2010 campaign is looking to be one of his worst. After this season, his contract is up and by all indications, Minnesota is not looking to re-sign him. Couple that with his admission to Mariucci that he has no intentions of playing past this season, and it would appear that Brett's really going to hang it up.
If you're wondering why I'm not laughing, its because I've heard this joke before.
Brett Favre's waffling is legendary. Ad campaigns were based around it. He poked fun at himself for it.
But all joking aside, Brett Favre is a competitor, and the urge to retire as a champion eats away at him faster than Father Time eats away at his old joints. He nearly had it in 2007 with the Packers, losing the NFC Championship Game, then two years later as a Viking. But instead of himself getting to retire on top of the mountain in 2007, it was his good friend Michael Strahan.
Maybe Favre will stick to his guns this time and actually call it quits after the last snap of the year. Maybe not. I don't think too many will be surprised if he changes his mind. After all the times he has retired, un-retired, re-retired, un-re-retired, re-un-re-retired, nobody will be shocked this time.
So where might he land? Let's find out.