Two years ago, “retired” quarterback Brett Favre appeared on The Late Show, telling David Letterman that “something’s bound to happen” when July rolls around.
We found it to be a significant comment, even though after uttering the words Brett tried to laugh it all off. Some of you thought we were crazy (then again, plenty of you already had developed that opinion), but we became convinced at that point that we would see more of the guy who had walked away from the sport after losing the NFC title game.
Today, he has lost another NFC title game — and he’s back on late-night television, with NBC’s Jay Leno, of NBC. On NBC. Favre has yet to say whether he’ll play in 2010, and no one expects Favre to commit to returning tonight on The Tonight Show. On NBC.
But Favre has gone through this routine multiple times now. He knows that, in March, he doesn’t want to play. And he knows that, in July, he does. With no lingering injury issues (assuming the purple has faded from his ankle and hamstring area), there’s no reason not to tell Jay, “You know, every year at this time, I think I could never play again. And every year, I’m ready to go when it’s time to play. Last year was the most fun I’ve had in a long, long time, and I’ve got the rest of my life to not play football. I feel good, I think I can still do it. So I will be back.”
And what if he throws us all another curve ball and takes it one step farther?
“I had such a great time last year,” he might say, “that I’m willing to do whatever I have to do to be as good as I can be in 2010. I’m approaching this year like it’s my last, so I’m giving everything I have. Not just for me, but because I want my teammates to experience the thrill of winning a Super Bowl. We came too close last year not to buckle down and do whatever we can to push over the top this time around.”
Nah, he’ll probably just say he doesn’t know what he’s gonna do.
But we can think of no better way for Favre to completely steal the thunder of free agency than to declare to the world upon launch of the uncapped year that he will be back.