Sorry Brett, you can fool some, but after listening to a press conference that lasted over 70 minutes, you can’t deny the obvious – this gunslinger is going to play again. Soon. Sure, he may have sounded genuine in trying to tell the media at his “retirement” press conference today that he was ready to go, and that he was going out on top, but come on, do you really believe it? Brett Favre sounded more today that he was trying to tell himself that it was time as much as he was telling the media. From comments like “I’m going out on top” (really, didn’t you throw a pick in the NFC title game on your last play?), to telling the media what a good team the Packers still have (not without you), there just seemed to be a feeling of unfinished business in his voice.
Forget about the fact that Favre has broken just about every NFL record for a QB there ever was. Forget the fact he leaves a team after they went 13-3 and did make it one step short of a Super Bowl. Throw it out – nothing is going to make Brett Favre complete until he once again, stands on that stage in front of the nation hoisting the Super Bowl trophy. If that didn’t matter, then why did he not just walk away after last season, when a lot of people thought he would? He would have gone out with a team that was on the verge of being good, having led them back to being a force in the NFC. This team that he was just on WAS good, and was good enough that should they have beaten the Giants in the NFC Title game that they would have given the Pats a run for their money in the Super Bowl.
As tears flowed as he talked about his career and walking away from the game, there was a rather telling statement – “I know that I can play, but I know that I don’t want too.” Yes, Brett, you might not want to now, but give the title game loss true time to heal, let the spring flowers in Green Bay bloom, let the feel of missing your first training camp in years start to seep in, and trust me – you’ll want to play again. Favre can talk about it with other players from the past, friends, family, or anyone else, but he has to know in his heart he is done – and from the words he spoke today and they way they came out, the fire to play again is still there. And by the end of the summer, he’ll wear Packer green again.