Favre leaves door open a crack for return

Brett Favre

The latest thoughts from quarterback Brett Favre indicate he is content but may consider a comeback, according to an article today in the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald.

Brett Favre says he is content in retirement and has no plans on returning to play football. However, the quarterback sure seems like he may consider playing again by comments he made during his interview with the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald.

Favre is currently working with writer Al Jones on a foreward for the Sun Herald's upcoming book, "The Brett Favre Story." During the interview, Jones addressed a few topics with Favre, including whether he would return to the Packers if they needed him during the season, and the status of his retirement papers. Here are a few excerpts from the interview:

When asked if he would return to football if the Packers called because of team injuries, Favre said:
"It would be hard to pass up, I guess. But three months from now, say that presents itself, I may say, you know what, I'm so glad I made that decision. I'm feel very comfortable in what I'm doing and my decision.

"Yeah, I can probably be up there doing that and playing, but again, I don't know. It's only speculating. I think the world of that team. I had a lot of fun, not only this year, but over my career. Those guys I played with this past year, a lot of young guys, a lot of fun.

"I think of that, when I think of now being retired, I think I won't be in the quarterback/receiver meeting on Thursdays joking around and having fun and game plan and all that stuff together. It was a fun year. That was fun throwing the ball around like we did. There's no reason to think that won't happen again. Aaron has fallen into a great situation. And if that opportunity presented itself and they did call, it would be tempting. And I very well could be enticed to do it."

But upon further review, Favre added this:
"But I don't want to do it if I'm not in shape. It would be hard to go up there at 38. It was hard to stay in shape. I say that, I worked out and I worked out hard. Week in and week out, I was just drained. Finally, for the first time, I felt, not that 38 is old, but I looked around at practice and these guys are bouncing around. And I practiced every day and all the time people would ask me, god, how do you do it? Inside I'm saying, 'I have no idea.' It's a struggle.

"But to think that if they called me in October and told me, 'Hey, we need you this week.' That would be hard. I'm sure mentally, I would be refreshed. I'd be away from it for a long time. But mentally vs. physically, the last thing I'd want to do is go up and it's 'Oh this is great and all that stuff and me be excited and then just flop.

"You just can't show up and play."

On the issue of filing his retirement papers:
"To be honest with you, never having retired before, I didn't know you had to do that. But Bus (Cook, Favre's agent) and I were talking about it the other day. The Packers had to call. At some point, you have to do it so you don't count toward the (salary) cap.

"So at some point, Bus told me this, too. 'OK you send your papers in today. You send one in tomorrow that says you're unretired. So it's no big deal.' So once you send them in, yeah, it's official, but you could be unofficial the next day. So it's not like, 'Oh, he's over and done with.' You can change your mind the next day.

"As I was flying up to the press conference, I thought, 'Do I really want to do this?' I don't know if I was ever completely convinced one way or the other. That's what I wanted to do at that particular time. I felt like that was the best move for me and the family."

And the final word:
"I guess the best response would be, right now no (I'm not coming back).

"I'm happy with my decision. Just taking it one day at a time."

The fact that Favre wasn't asked what he might do if a different NFL team inquired about his services combined with Cook's suggestion of retiring one day and unretiring the next seems suspicious. A comeback wouldn't be too surprising, though, that was awfully hard to believe in early March.

Time will tell.

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