They say the third time is the charm, and maybe it finally is for Brett Favre. Keep in mind, he's "retired" twice already, and come back to play the following season. Sure, we all remember the tearful press conference when he hung it up before, but on Tuesday morning, credible sources close to Favre indicated he would hang it up for good this time.
Okay, so the question is, will he stick to it? Can he? It's no secret he is arguably one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the games. He has 19 superb seasons under his belt with 11 Pro Bowl Selections to his name. He is also a three-time MVP selection, a five-time NFC Player of the Year, a two-time NFC champion. Favre also led the Green Bay Packers to Super Bowl XXXI where they defeated the New England Patriots.
So where does Favre stand now? Looking back to his "other retirements," Favre has toyed with the media, keeping the spotlight on number one, or I should say number four. His constant back and forth on whether to retire or not kept the experts and fans alike guessing whether he would or wouldn't be back.
During the first go-around of retirement talks, word surfaced towards the end of the 2006 season that he would retire. He was quoted saying "his future was uncertain," alluding to his potential retirement. Nevertheless, he returned for the 2007 season, which ended up being his final year with the Packers.
Early in 2008, Favre announced formally he would retire from the sport. Yet, in the summer of 2008, word surfaced Favre was in contact with the Packers about a return. At this point, Favre requested a release from the Packers so he could play for another team. Looking back, it's pretty easy to see why he didn't want to be with the Packers, as they had found a new quarterback (Aaron Rodgers) in Favres absence. He went on to express his dissatisfied feelings towards the Packers management, and eventually broke away from Green Bay.
After negotiations, he went on to quarterback the New York Jets in 2008. He led the Jets through most of the season with a successful 8-3 record, but then essentially fell apart for the remainder of the season, mainly due to injuries.
In early 2009, he once again announced retirement, and then once again, came out of retirement towards summer. This time, he was signed with the Minnesota Vikings. For the 2009 season, he led the Vikings all the way to the NFC Championship game, where they lost to the New Orleans Saints, who went on to win the Super Bowl.
Now here we are again, after a word surfacing of retirement, where does Brett Favre stand? Is he playing the media to keep the spotlight on himself again? Could be. That's one of two likely scenarios. The other scenario being he actually retiring.
If he is playing everyone, and doesn't retire, he more than likely will miss training camp, and probably four or five games, and attempt to ride in and be the hero for the Vikings. He knows his body is too old and too broken down to compete from training camp to a potential playoff run in January. This is why, if he is playing everyone, he won't commit to a full season.
Knowing his history of retirement, it's a safe bet to say the Brett Favre saga isn't over yet. But, then again, maybe the third time really is the charm.