Done for good this time? Favre officially files for retirement.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre walks off the field after te game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago on November 14, 2010. The Bears won 27-13. UPI/Brian Kersey

It appears as though Brett Favre is serious this time about hanging ‘em up for good.

According to a report by FOX Sports’ Alex Marvez, Favre filed retirement papers with the NFL and is set to walk away from the game for good. Of course, he also filed his retirement papers in February of 2009 and then managed to play two more seasons, so one never knows with him.

But the timing is right if he does officially retire. He proved in ‘09 that he could still play at an elite level, but he took a beating both on and off the field this past season. He once again dealt with an assortment of injuries and it’s clear that his 41-year-old body can’t withstand the punishment anymore. When you also factor in what has happened off the field, it’s probably best if Favre doesn’t pull another about-face and return next year.

For those who think Favre will always be remembered for the Jenn Sterger scandal, let me remind you that only the minority talk about Michael Jordan’s days as a Washington Wizard or discusses his rumored issues with gambling. People remember O.J. Simpson more for his off-field antics, but that’s because the man was caught up in a murder trial (and later for going to prison for attempted robbery).

People in Green Bay will never forget how he retired his way to Minnesota, but they’ll also forever be grateful for the many great moments he gave them while wearing a Packer helmet (which include a Super Bowl victory). He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer and while some believe he tarnished his legacy over these past couple of years, others will talk about his greatness on the field without ever mentioning the name Jenn Sterger or criticizing him for his offseason fickleness.

That said, I still won’t believe he’s officially retired until Week 1 of the 2011 season rolls around and he’s not in uniform. And even then…

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Brett Favre: “I’m done.”

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 28: Brett Favre  of the Minnesota Vikings against the Washington Redskins at FedExField November 28, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Vikings won the game 17-13. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Brett Favre reiterated on Wednesday that this will be his final season.

“I’m done, I’m done,” he told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Uh, huh.

John Paulsen asked me if I thought Lord Favre meant what he said. My response? I think he means it………………right now.

Favre has had a tough year but we’ve been through this all before. He said at the beginning of the season that this would be his last, but he’s complemented retirement before only to return the following year. He even held a press conference with the Packers saying that he was retired and then – surprise! – he changed his mind and wound up in a New York Jets uniform.

Favre needs the spotlight, although even I have to admit that after this Jenn Sterger debacle he may mean it this time. His play has also fallen off a cliff and unless he puts up MVP-like numbers over these last five weeks, it’s doubtful that he’ll convince himself that he still has it and return for another year.

That said, his word means nothing when it comes to retirement. Until he files the paperwork and is nowhere near a NFL stadium for the opener of 2011, I don’t believe a word that comes out of his mouth.

Favre finds latest excuse to skip training camp

Right on time, Brett Favre has figured out a way to skip training camp this year.

From ESPN.com:

Brett Favre has been informed he requires surgery on his left ankle to play the upcoming season for the Minnesota Vikings, and the quarterback is deliberating whether to have the procedure or simply to end his 19-year NFL career by retiring.

“We have spoken,” Favre said in an e-mail. “To play again, I would need the surgery, as I suspected. This decision would be easy if not for my teammates and the fans and the entire Vikings staff. One year truly felt like 10 — much like Green Bay for many years. That’s what I was missing in my heart I suppose, a sense of belonging.”

Favre said he must determine whether his affection for the Vikings and his belief they are capable of winning the Super Bowl overrides his disdain for surgery.

He’s not going to retire. He never actually retires, so let’s just put that debate to rest. He’ll have the surgery, but he’ll make sure that his recovery time puts him on the practice field right after two-a-days and not a moment sooner. He had a similar situation last year, when he had a partially torn biceps tendon in his throwing shoulder repaired. He played then, and he’ll play now – as long as it’s on his terms.

The Vikings haven’t stressed about their quarterback situation this entire offseason, meaning Favre is coming back. If for some reason he doesn’t, Tarvaris Jackson will be counted on to be the starter, but chances are Jackson will be picking splinters out of his ass again this season while riding the pine.


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Here we go again: Teammates believe Favre will retire

Not eight seconds after the Saints beat the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game, FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that “every player” in Minnesota’s locker room believes that Brett Favre will retire this offseason.

After the game, however, Favre was non-committal about his future plans (from USA Today):

“I know people are rolling their eyes or will roll their eyes,” he said. “In a situation like this, I really don’t want to make a decision right now based solely on what happened (Sunday).”

Favre’s last pass was an interception with seven seconds left in regulation that doomed the Vikings’ chances as girding for a potential game-winning field goal attempt. The Saints won the coin toss in overtime, and Favre never had a chance to run a play in the extra frame.

“It’s disappointing,” Favre said. “And that’s an understatement.”

I’ve taken on the mindset that Favre wants to win the Super Bowl again before he retires. With how close he got this season, I doubt he’ll hang ’em up in the next couple months.

After figuring out a way to get out of training camp, he’ll return to lead Minnesota next season.


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Reaction to the Favre rumors

Here are a few columnists’ take on the news that Favre may unretire yet again and play for the Vikings:

– Terence Moore of Fanhouse writes that Favre should play as long as he wants.

– Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune doesn’t want Favre to bring his circuse to town.

– Vic Carucci of NFL.com weighs the pros and cons of another Favre comeback.

– Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel discusses the bad blood between Favre and Packers GM, Ted Thompson.

While I understood why my favorite player of all time wanted to return last season, it appears that this comeback isn’t about the thrill of competition as much as it is about Favre seeking revenge on Green Bay management. It’s pretty sad to base a comeback on spite.

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