NFL veteran Brett Favre has reportedly told the Minnesota Vikings that he will not be returning for another season and will be retiring. This is the third consecutive year that 40-year-old Favre has “retired” from the NFL.
Vikings officials, nor Brett Favre himself, have confirmed these reports, but Favre is expected to make a public statement later today.
Brett Favre has said throughout the offseason that he was unsure if he would return. He had surgery on his left ankle in May of this year, and he told USA TODAY last month that he just couldn’t decide if his body would hold up to the stress of a 20th NFL season.
Prior to the 2008 season, Favre said he was retiring after 16 years with the Green Bay Packers. He then changed his mind in July 2008, and at that time the Packers traded him to the New York Jets. After the 2008 season with the Jets, Favre went to the Minnesota Vikings. He then told the Vikings in July 2009 that he would remain retired, but changed his mind by mid-August. He played the 2009 season with the Vikings, taking them all the way to the NFC Championship game.
Former NFL coach Jon Gruden, who is now an ESPN analyst, said on ESPN’s SportsCenter that such a comeback could happen again this summer.
“I would not be surprised if at some point we see No. 4 again,” said Gruden.
If Favre doesn’t return, Gruden said, “It’ll take a real bite out of the Minnesota Vikings’ attack.
“It’ll be a setback, no question.”
If Brett Favre really retires, he will exit the NFL as the all-time leader in wins, passing yards and touchdowns.
If Favre doesn’t return, the Vikings’ starting quarterback job likely will be decided in a training camp between Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson.