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Vikings QB Brett Favre isn’t having the greatest season of his storied career.
His team is 3-5. His coach is a hapless nimrod. He’s been subjected to any number of delightful ankle and chin injuries. He’s been accused of sexual harassment. And he’s doling out interceptions like free turkeys on Thanksgiving.
"I can promise you this: Not that I have ever set out as a goal to play 20 years, it's 20 years and I'm done. This is the last year of my contract," he said when the season began…
Will Favre return to play in 2011?
"No," said Favre.
This kind of definitive answer from Favre is nice to take in. There’s no “You never say never,” or “Shucks guys, even I don’t know what I’m liable to do.” He sounds like a man who is tired of playing and likely regrets even coming back for this season.
But no one’s gonna buy Favre finally retiring until next November rolls around and Favre has spent half a season out of uniform. That’s just how we have to deal with him at this point. It’s going to take him saying it again and again and again and again. And again. And then finally acting on it. Lord knows I WANT to believe him.
But I will tell you this: The fact that Favre is talking about this now suggests that he’s been exhausted by the sequence of events leading up to the season’s midway point. And while the Vikings have an easy schedule coming up and had that monster comeback versus Arizona, his talk about finally retiring suggests to me that he may not have the strength to get the Vikings back above .500 by year’s end.
He sounds like he’s ready to retire after Week 12 and go grab the early bird special. Given the way things have gone lately, you couldn’t blame him for maybe, at long last, finally committing to the end.