Today is the first day of the NFL offseason, and it just wouldn’t be the NFL offseason without stories about Brett Favre. So we’ll pass along some comments Favre made in a radio interview today, about how he came to realize he really is done playing football. (We think.)
Favre told 1340 The Fan in Lubbock that the retirement process went smoothly for him this time — unlike the first few times he said he was retiring — because this time he really was mentally finished with football.
“It went a lot smoother than the previous three or four years,” Favre said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “I’d said in years past that I knew. I really knew this time. I got beat up a little bit physically, but I still felt like I could still do it, but I just felt like it was time.”
Favre said that throughout the regular season, he never really missed football. He did allow, however, that at playoff time, and especially during the Super Bowl, there was a part of him that wished he were still playing. Still, Favre insists that he’s comfortable with his retirement.
“Mentally, I was just burned out,” Favre said. “This season, being removed and having a bird’s eye view but not being involved was eye-opening because I didn’t miss it a bit.”