There has been much discussion over the “retirement announcement” of Vikings QB Brett Favre.
ESPN and NFL Network interrupted their regular programing to get the take of various experts on Favre’s retirement proclamation. The problem is no one has actually heard Brett Favre state that he is retiring.
By the start of the season, Favre will be back under center for the Vikings and these rumors will be long forgotten.
Here are three reasons why Favre is not retiring.
Favre does not want the last play of his career to be an interception thrown against the Saints in the NFC Championship Game. He wants his last play to be a memorable highlight that he can look back on with glory. It’s the same reason why he came back after the pick against the Giants during the 2007 playoffs.
Favre has 13 million reasons to play next season. Favre is not going to leave $13 million on the table. Favre wants a raise. It is more likely that he leaked retirement rumors to increase his bargaining position with the Vikings. The Vikings will scurry to over him more money and Favre will magically appear to rescue the Vikings.
The 2011 season is in jeopardy because of a lockout. Favre will play this year and can walk off into the sunset if there is no season in 2011. A shortened season in 2011 works out even better for Favre. His dream would be to play a 10-game season and then have the playoffs begin. He would be healthier and his body would take less of a beating.