Quarterback Brett Favre announced today that he would be returning for a second and final season with the Minnesota Vikings, making this the 40-year-old’s 20th season in the NFL.
Favre explained this afternoon that he owes it to the Vikings to return for another season. They were so close to making it to the Super Bowl last year, and he feels like they have a really great chance of making it there this year if he stays.
“I owe it to this organization to give it one more try,” Favre said in the press conference today.
Although he has decided to return, he goes on to explain why he has been so torn about the decision.
“I could make a case for both playing, not playing,” Favre said. “This is a very good football team, the chances here are much greater than other places. From that standpoint, it was always going to be easier [to return].
“Part of me said it was such a great year, it would be easy to say, ‘Hey can’t play any better, why even try?’ Then the other part is, ‘Guys are playing on a high level. Why don’t I go back out?’ The expectations are high here, as they should be.”
Favre has played 309 games straight, but isn’t making any guarantees about this season.
“I can’t promise you I can make it through the season,” he said. “I couldn’t promise that to you when I was 21.”
Favre says he is ready to play in the preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday night, but Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress has not decided if that will happen or not.