Brett Favre To Retire

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No more Favre playoff failures for the Vikings?

Somehow I find this hard to believe, but the Minneapolis Star Tribune is reporting that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre has started to inform people within the organization he’s going to retire.

Jay Glazer is reporting that Favre is citing the wear and tear on his body as the reason he’s hanging it up and has informed teammates of his decision.

Whether the decision sticks or not will be another story. Favre told the Vikings the same thing prior to last season’s training camp and changed his mind and decided to join the team on Aug. 18.

Vikings coach Brad Childress had little to say about Favre during his Tuesday morning press conference, going so far as to deny Favre had told him anything.

Childress, who admitted the situation is “fluid,” said he had talked to Favre in the past 24 hours, but didn’t divulge details.

“He’s a 40 year old man and has to come to grips [with his decision],” Childress said.

Vikings players also denied knowing anything, as they were leaving morning practice.

The Vikings obviously want Favre to come back and there are now reports the team is willing to offer him more time and more money to do so. Favre was already scheduled to make $13 million this season.

Favre had ankle surgery earlier this offseason, which seemed a clear sign he would play in 2010. He has also been going through his usual routine of practicing with the local high school team in Hattiesburg, Miss.

If Favre does indeed retire, the dynamics of the NFC North will change dramatically. The Green Bay Packers will become the clear favorite. The Vikings will be forced to start Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback and to suggest Jackson is a step down from Favre would be an understatement.

More on the situation as it develops.

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34 Comments on "Brett Favre To Retire"

  1. Kevin Seifert, ESPN’s NFC North Blogger expressed it perfectly in his entry “Brett Favre doesn’t deserve our trust.”

    “Favre deserves nothing but our skepticism, not after announcing his retirement in March 2008. And July 2009. And, privately, several more times in between. Someday, it will be for real. But the only way we’ll know it is if the season comes and goes without Favre in uniform. We’re six months away from that eventuality.

    […]

    History can’t always be our guide, and I’m sure some of you probably think I’m just in denial. Trust me, I’m not. You’re not using your capacity as an intelligent human being if you don’t have deep, deep reservations about the sincerity of Favre’s mindset right now.”

    You can’t tell me Viking fans aren’t already getting a little sick of this.

  2. Al Borland's Beard

    The real loser here if this is true has to be Childress. He spends more time last season as Favre’s personal fluffer than as head coach and he gets his undeserved extension. Now all that will go to shit once the team puts Travis Jackson under center.

    • Abe Frohman

      and that’s a bad thing, why? I loved it when Dave Wannestadt was coach of the Bears. Why? He was a terrible coach. So, let the cross dressing Mr. Noodle flap in the wind for a few years and it will cost Ziggy a few million to get rid of him in a few years.

  3. Mr. Sniffy

    He has a nice record, every team he played for, his last pass was an interception (2 ending Super Bowl runs), and he screwed all of the teams he played on. But then he is probably waiting for Chilly to rub his back and tell him how much he is loved by all before doing the Hulk Hogan thing and rising up and winning just before defeat.

  4. Abe Frohman

    I read on another blog that the Queens offered him more guaranteed money and a 1 year extension with the “skip as much of training camp as you want” proviso. If true, perhaps this is a ploy to get more $

    • Abe Frohman

      I don’t think most people people believe it – and won’t for some time yet. Brett’s credibility is that good.

      Poor Matt Fox must be contemplating suicide right about now. Buck up little camper! If true, you don’t have to be conflicted any longer.

  5. jeff ircink

    well put it this way, abe, the Minnesota press sources were unnamed. the sources close to Favre were unnamed (except for Favre’s brother). Mariucci said he just texted Favre and Favre heard the rumor and has no idea how it got started. now people can believe what they want – each camp believes what’s in their best interests. one can say Favre planted the rumor but that’s just heresay. you cast doubt on Favre’s credibility but at this point he has no idea where this rumor got started. even Longwell was texting Favre and Longwell said Brett made no mention of retirement, press conference or a public statement or memo.

    not that any Packer fans really care about any of this…or do they?

    • jeremy

      This story was broke by the very reputable Jud Zulgad of the startribune, and Vikings TE Shiancoe confirms it! The point here is that Favre has no credibility to cast doubt on, because he’s lying to someone. If he was in Mankato with the rest of his teammates no one would have to hear this crap. It’s not like we’re the only ones saying this, just look at si.com, foxsports and espn.com, their all sick of Favre too. You can’t claim that it’s just totalpackers who think Favre is a dishonest slub.

  6. tequila

    Longwell talked to him before practice today and made no mention of it. Let’s skip the bullshit and understand this is where we were last year, the year before, in perpetuity. Now let’s hush.

  7. Vijay

    When game 1 of the regular season comes around and he’s not there, I will only start to believe it. He could always come in after their bye week…still keep his consecutive starts in tact (right?)

  8. jeff ircink

    Shianco didn’t confirm anything. He simply said he believes what he heard to be true – but until he hears it from Favre, he’s not saying a word. Come on, Jeremy…don’t be like ESPN and FoxSports. Their stories are based on the same report – Judd from MN. i will repeat…Mariucci said Favre had no idea where this was coming from; Longwell said Favre texted nothing about retiring; his brother knows nothing about him retiring; more unnamed sources close to to Favre said that Favre confirmed nothing; and the Vikings organization said Favre hasn’t told them a thing.

    now, you can be a conspiracy theorist and say Favre or someone else planted all this is the media, but the story is bullshit.

    • Abe Frohman

      has there been a retraction by Judd or the Star Tribune? Has there been a presser by Brett to categorically deny the claims?

      Certainly no one can prove anything. I’m in agreement with you on that. Yet we’ve been down this road for a while now. Brett is exactly where he wants to be right now – in people’s conversations. And for that reason, those of us that are really tired of the song and dance, 1) really don’t care all that much since the guy plays for another team, and 2) are happy with the QB situation we have.

      What will your opinions be if this does turn out to be a ploy to get more money out of Ziggy as has also been reported?

      • Brett Favre

        His opinions will never change…

        Favre can do the same exact thing over and over and it will always be everyone else picking on him. Meanwhile the rest of the universe sees that this is about the three things Favre loves most, Money, Power and Attention.

  9. Okay, I don’t know anything about Jim Souhan, frankly, but this column is hilarious:

    “Favregeddon is what we get”

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/99905634.html?elr=KArksi8cyaiUo8cyaiUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aULPQL7PQLanchO7DiUr

    Too many gems to mention. Basically, the premise of the column is “Packers fans tried to tell us what would happen, and they were right.” One wonders how in step this is with the sentiment in the Twin Cities. I’m sure they don’t care because they realize he’s the one thing keeping their team relevant in post-season talk. But that can only last so long before even THEN it gets tiring.

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  11. Brett Favre

    Si is reporting that the Vikings are now going to offer Favre 20 mil for next season.

    Favres reply, “Yuck, yuck awl dat mo-ney fer just an innocent hayseed like meee?”

    • Abe Frohman

      Peyton and Brady are feeling pretty good about themselves right about now i should think.

      Ziggy Wilf – the new Al Davis.

  12. jeff ircink

    the presser from Favre came out today…in the form of a text to ESPN. like i said, the story was bogus from the get go.

    and abe, i have reason to believe that one of the Packer commenters on this site is involved in child pornography. does that mean that statement is true? just cause my source is unnamed? if i reveal the commenter’s name, is the responsibility of the commenter to come forward and publicly deny my charges? and if he doesn’t, does that mean – automatically – that my charges are true?

    think about it.

    • Abe Frohman

      of course not…but you miss the point. He wants people talking about him. That’s why he lets things simmer a little bit before he makes a pronouncement one way or another. Then he can come out and say something that will get people talking a little bit more. In a twisted sort of way, it’s quite clever – if you want that kind of attention, that is.

      is the child pornographer you, jeff?

  13. matt fox

    Is it funny/weird to you guys that I talk more about the packers than you do and you talk more about favre than me? You guys really just care more about bad mouthing favre than you care about the packers. This site spends SOOO much time on favre, its crazy. This is a Favre site. How does that make you guys feel?

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