Pro Football: Brett Favre shoots down rumors of possible comeback

August 10, 2011

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

Are you kidding me? Did I really hear recent talk about Brett Favre returning to play again this season? I think I actually did hear something about him going to Miami for one more year.

Thankfully, after doing a little research on the rumor of the week, I found out there was some talk about the subject. It made the news all around the country. Most of it created by the media.

There were stories in Miami, of course, but the rumor also showed up all around the country. It was reported on several football and sports-related websites, the Chicago Tribune ran a story with the headline “Would Brett Favre be interested in the Miami Dolphins?”

Favre (wisely) shot down those rumors rather quickly. “I don’t have any interest,” the 41-year-old future Hall of Famer told a reporter from the Miami Herald this past weekend.

Favre should have expressed that same level of sanity last year when he was coaxed out of retirement by his Vikings teammates. They traveled to his farm in Mississippi and successfully convinced the aging quarterback to give it one more try.

Even the staunchest of Favre fans would have to admit that was a huge mistake. He undoubtedly played one season too many. In his 13 starts last year, he had some of the worst numbers of his 20-year career, and he suffered a severe left shoulder injury from a sack by Chicago Bears rookie Corey Woutton.

He only threw 11 touchdowns. His previously low was 18, both times while he was in Green Bay — 1992 and 2006. He threw 19 interceptions. His interception percentage was 5.3 percent, his worst ever, not counting his rookie season in Atlanta, when he threw only four passes and had two of them picked off. His win-loss record was 5-8.

The injury and the lowly stats could have been completely avoided had he only told those Vikings teammates the same thing he told the reporter from Miami.
Favre is certainly one of the top quarterbacks to ever play the game, and quite possibly the greatest of all time. However, even the best have to know when they can’t play the game forever. He should have realized that three seasons ago — he didn’t.

2011 may finally be the first season since 1991 that Favre won’t be on an NFL roster come opening day. The football gods may have finally convinced him the game is greater than any one individual.

Can I get a hallelujah or an amen on that one?

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the Aug. 10-16, 2011, issue

One Comment

  1. Terry Blanchard

    August 11, 2011 at 3:22 am

    I wouldn’t count Favre out. And to say that the Vikings had a bad year in 2010 because of Favre is plain silly. Silliness aside, take a look at what might coax Favre to come back in 2011. It won’t be money, because he doesn’t need it. It will be the thrill of coming in to replace the many poor quarterbacks set to be under center in Week 1. For example, the best Washington can produce is Rex Grossman and John Beck. Mark Sanchez is shaping up to be a bust in New York, Chad Henne just may be another Gino Toretta and Cincinnati may as well start their equipment manager at quarterback in place of Andy Dalton. Don’t forget Cam Newton, Colt McCoy and Donovan McNabb. When, not if, one or more of these guys fails, Don’t be shocked if Favre gets a call. And, don’t be shocked if we see him on the field. Favre could play in a wheelchair better than some of the guys in this list. And who could blame him if wants to come out and mix it up? He’s done nothing but good for football– even in the midst of a texting scandal. Guys like Favre don’t just go away quietly. They can’t. Several before him in a few sports have came back as old guys just to do it all again–somewhat because they were bored, but mostly because they had the opportunity. Heck, I think a lot of people would like to see Favre play at 50.

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