America’s most petulant retiree, former mediocre Jets quarterback Brett Favre, is in the news again. A couple days ago he was slated to meet with Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress at an undisclosed location about another possible comeback. Earlier today, a report suggested he was willing to go under the knife for the Vikings. It seemed like almost a done deal; like it or not, the NFL world was going to have to put up with another season of Favre interceptions and media love.
Not so fast, my friend. A YAHOO! SPORTS report released this afternoon indicates that, while Favre and Childress did speak via phone, Favre is opting to stay put on his Mississippi plantation for the 2009 NFL season. Yeah, right.
We’ve played this game before. Think back to last April, when reports surfaced that Favre might unretire. Favre gleefully left the option of a return open, regardless of the effect it might have on his team. He strung the Packers and most of the NFL along for the entire summer, playing the will-I-or-won’t-I game and milking the media coverage for all it was worth. The man thrives on the love he receives from his apologists in the media like Peter King.
Fast forward to the present. News of Favre’s possible return has dominated sports headlines most of the week … until now. The news of Manny Ramirez’s suspension and Alex Rodriguez’s imminent return to the Yankees has knocked Favre from the top story of the day. So what does Favre do? Reverse course and claim he’s staying retired, while still leaving the door open to a return later this summer - at a time when Favre can get ESPN’s full attention, of course.
A Brett Favre unretirement isn’t about the love of the game, no matter how it’s spun by his PR agents in the press. As he proved last year in his injury-riddled stint with the Jets, Favre cares little about his team or fans. He cares only about proving the Packers, the playoff team that jettisoned him after tiring of his narcissism, wrong. And if that means defying coaches and upsetting teammates in the process, so be it.
Book it - even if he ultimately does stay retired, we have not heard the last from Brett Favre this offseason. Plan your eye-rolling accordingly.