Here is what Brett Favre had to say to his pal and SI writer Peter King late Tuesday night regarding a potential comeback, even though he just said he was staying retired:
"Very unlikely," he said. "I really believe this is it. I truly, truly believe it's over. But if someone calls Nov. 1, who knows?"MAKE IT STOP!!!! Favre continues to be the guy standing in the corner, jumping up and down, waving his arms, yelling, "Hey guys, I'm here! Pay attention to me!"
And here is where it gets messy for the Vikings: If they come out of the gate 0-4, or Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels struggle as the starter, the media and fans will be calling for Favre to don the purple and gold and save Minnesota. And it's all because Favre insists on leaving the door open.
Favre should take a lesson from Mike Mussina. The former Yankees pitcher retired after finally winning 20 games in a season, clearly having more left in the tank. But he said he was done and he walked away. No maybes, no "we'll see how my arm feels." Even when he came back to Yankee Stadium for Old Timer's Day, he quickly shot down questions about a possible return. His legacy will be that of someone who walked out on top, knowing what he wanted.
But Brett Favre couldn't do that. He said he was retired after an amazing 2007 season, after leading the Packers to the NFC Championship game. He had his tearful press conference and was ready to ride off into the sunset as a guy on top of the sport.
Then he came back, claiming the Packers had wronged him, and then fell apart down the stretch for the Jets and knocking them out of playoff contention single-handedly. Then he retired again. Then he wanted vengeance on the Packers and flirted with the Vikings all offseason, before announcing that he is staying retired... maybe.
Now his legacy is more about his indecision and retirement drama than his accomplishments.
Please, Brett, stay retired, stay out of the media, stay at home with your Wranglers and your wife and mow the lawn. If you stay away long enough, we might start to remember some of the good things about your career.