As soon as Brett Favre gave his tearful goodbye to professional football, speculation has run rampant that the former #4 isn’t really ready to hang up his jersey permanently.
And now new fuel has been added to the fire from the man himself. Al Jones of the BILOXI (MS) SUN-HERALD chatted with the Southern Miss product, prior to the publication of the paper’s upcoming book, “The Brett Favre Story”. (Expect a lot of pre-orders from northeast Wisconsin.)
When the inevitable discussion of his retirement status came up, Brett may appear to have left a small window of opportunity open.
If the Packers were to contact him about leap back onto Lambeau Field, the QB responds:
“It would be hard to pass up, I guess …. 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
“…. 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 …. 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 Brett adds that he would only strongly consider it if he was still in shape. The 38-year-old admits that the workouts “week in and week out” were starting to make him feel “drained.”
“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.”
Favre also touched on the reports that he didn’t sign his retirement papers yet, news that likely brought a glimmer of hope to Green Bay fans. And even if he does file the paperwork, Favre’s agent James “Bus” Cook told his client that his retirement isn’t written in stone:
“Bus told me … ‘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.”
So, for once and for all - will Brett be back?
“I guess the best response would be, right now, no.”
That’s it, then. End of discussion. At least until tomorrow.