Brett Favre Has Shoulder Surgery: What Is His Next Move?

Zachary HabnerCorrespondent IJune 8, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 28: Brett Favre #4 of The New York Jets leaves the field after losing to The Miami Dolphins 24-17 after their game on December 28, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Brett Favre has a flair for the dramatic, and it continues this offseason.

In February, Favre announced he would finally be calling it quits. An 18-year NFL career seemed over after his Jets lost to Miami in the 2008 season finale. 

However, according to Chris Mortensen and Ed Werder of ESPN.com, Favre had arthroscopic shoulder surgery on his throwing arm in May. Favre has now left the door open for a possible return to the NFL.

The shoulder injury hampered his ability to throw the ball late in the season, and the Jets went from first to third in the AFC East in just four weeks, missing the playoffs.

He said it was over, his agent said it was over, the Jets thought it was over, and yet America was skeptical. After all, this was the man who has retired and come out of retirement again and again the past four seasons.

Last year’s saga began with a teary goodbye in March. Then in the coming months, Favre hinted that he was “forced” out of Green Bay for Aaron Rodgers. Favre felt betrayed by the Packers organization and eventually decided to re-enter in the NFL, forcing the Packers to trade him.

Favre adamantly said he wanted to play for Minnesota. The Packers dealt him to New York instead. He played very well last season until Week 13, when the Jets lost to a terrible Denver Broncos team in New York.

New York went on to lose three of its next four games to miss the playoffs. Favre finally called it quits two months later.

It was not until the Jets officially released Favre in late April that talks began to surface about his reinstatement into the NFL again—this time with the Minnesota Vikings.

Since then it has been a roller-coaster ride. First it was “he is not coming back,” then we heard “Childress is meeting with Favre,” and finally “Brett Favre contemplates surgery on torn bicep.”

All signs pointed to Favre's return to the NFL this season, but we were inclined to believe it was only if he did not have to have shoulder surgery.

Now that Favre has reportedly had this surgery, a return seems imminent. Although he and his agent both maintain his throwing arm is nowhere near ready to apply for reinstatement, Favre is making all the right moves for his return.

What motivation does he have to return? How about playing with Adrian Peterson and a fantastic Vikings defense, a chance to go back to the Super Bowl, and finally a shot at revenge against the Packers.

If I were Favre, I would walk away. He still has a rocket arm, but he is only hurting his legacy. 

How will the Packers deal with the situation if he goes to Minnesota? Will they retire his number? Will they shun him as many Packers fans already have?

There are many questions and no answers as of yet, at least until Brett Favre makes his decision.


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