Given that Brett Favre had twice before filed retirement papers with the NFL (and then came back), we didn’t give much credence to the notion that he’s not returning in 2011 simply because he filed his retirement papers again.
Far more indicative of his intentions was his Monday bouquet to the Packers and their fans. Favre told ESPN’s Ed Werder, who may have to start selling insurance or something now that the centerpiece of his career is finally leaving the game, via e-mail that the Packers are “by far” the best team left in the tournament.
And Favre would know how to rank the remaining teams — his Vikings lost five of their 10 games this year to three of them.
But regardless of whether Favre believes it, the fact that he said it (and that he cleared Werder to use it) means that Favre likely will now focus on getting back in the good graces of the folks in Green Bay whom he angered by seeking an opportunity to “stick it” to the Packers after he retired from the Packers and the coaching staff and front office barricaded the door.
Wishy washy as he may be, Favre rarely does something without a reason at the time for doing it. And we think he wants to commence the process of cozying up once again to the franchise with which he spent the vast majority of his career.