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Brett Favre: A couple teams have called, but there’s no way I’ll play

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Brett Favre says he is absolutely, positively not returning to the NFL, despite some interest.

Responding to this morning’s report that the Rams had reached out, Favre said on Sports Talk 570 that his agent, Bus Cook, told him that a couple of teams have called this season to see if Favre would like to play. But Favre said Cook doesn’t even bother to pass along the details of the offers because Favre has made it crystal clear that he is not going to play again.

“I don’t know who, but I think a couple teams have inquired,” Favre said. “It’s flattering, but there’s no way I’m gonna do that.”

Favre said his final season, 2010 in Minnesota, showed him that it was time for him to walk away.

“I had a great career,” Favre said. “I think if anything, the last year I played was an obvious writing on the wall vision if you will, that it was time.”

Now a high school coach, Favre said he enjoys working with young people, traveling with his family and playing with his 3-year-old grandson. The 44-year-old Favre really does sound like he’s done playing football.

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69 Responses to “Brett Favre: A couple teams have called, but there’s no way I’ll play”
  1. crownmethegoat says: Oct 24, 2013 11:15 AM

    Who said people don’t change?

  2. kelmcc says: Oct 24, 2013 11:16 AM

    Then why are his people leaking these stories?

    Methinks he’s waiting for Alex Smith or Drew Brees to go down….

  3. mvp43 says: Oct 24, 2013 11:16 AM

    Not to mention, he’s trying hard to get back into the the good graces of the Packers fans & organization and that will just delay things for him.

  4. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 24, 2013 11:17 AM

    So much for the Roger Clemons half-season comeback theory. He’s done! Let him coach.

  5. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 24, 2013 11:18 AM

    I’m glad the Rams didn’t talk him into playing (though who would want to play for them, right?). I like Brett and it wouldn’t have felt right to watch what Seattle would have done to him.

  6. TheDPR says: Oct 24, 2013 11:22 AM

    I agree with him. His last season showed that he played just a little too long and it was time to hang up the cleats. Good for him, enjoying life and family.

  7. favrewillreturn says: Oct 24, 2013 11:22 AM

    Come home to Green Bay and take your place in history as the greatest packer ever. You have nothing to prove even though you would still be one of the best.

  8. joetoronto says: Oct 24, 2013 11:24 AM

    Screw the haters, You’re still better than half the QB’s playing today, Brett.

    Probably more.

  9. wryly1 says: Oct 24, 2013 11:25 AM

    He never shoulda come back in 2010. He was already done by then.

  10. All-American Voltron says: Oct 24, 2013 11:26 AM

    I’d love to see him sign with the Packers now as a backup if he’d be willing. Otherwise if the Broncos, Saints, Cowboys, Niners, or Chiefs lose their QB this year it’d be worth it for both parties to talk.

  11. footballrulz says: Oct 24, 2013 11:28 AM

    Good for you Brett. Thanks for helping turn the Pack back into a strong franchise & for making Sundays fun again throughout your career. Enjoy retirement and look fotwarg to your jersey retirement & HOF induction.

  12. rickspielmanisamortician says: Oct 24, 2013 11:28 AM

    Bert, much like Greg Jennings, has learned the hard way that the grass isn’t always greener.

  13. easyrider1903 says: Oct 24, 2013 11:31 AM

    Maybe call him back about week 12 or 13, if Deanna says its ok

  14. coltzfan166 says: Oct 24, 2013 11:35 AM

    Bears and Rams

  15. nfloracle says: Oct 24, 2013 11:47 AM

    I never thought I’d be happy to see another Favre story, but, by God, I enjoyed reading this one.

  16. richkotitte says: Oct 24, 2013 11:49 AM

    Vikes/Rams

  17. NoobTubeTV says: Oct 24, 2013 11:52 AM

    Still better than Weeden… although, they are the same age.

    Come to Cleveland please.

  18. truvikingfan says: Oct 24, 2013 11:54 AM

    Brett….

    No matter what uniform or colors you wore, as a fan of football, I would like to say thank you for all the memories you gave us.

  19. Brinke says: Oct 24, 2013 11:55 AM

    never say never.

  20. whatjusthapped says: Oct 24, 2013 11:58 AM

    No doubt one of the teams was the Vikings.

  21. sportnorcal says: Oct 24, 2013 11:58 AM

    And this right here sums up the state of the QB position for half the league.

    Sad.

  22. fjd10 says: Oct 24, 2013 12:06 PM

    Notice that the Rams did not call Warner but they called Favre! I think he would come back to play for the Seahawks or the Chiefs if they called. The Seahawks have Bevell as their OC and Favre would fit nicely there and KC has Doug Pederson as their OC and he was Favre’s backup for years as well as Andy Reid being a former coach of his. I would love to see him give it one more go!

  23. 2ruefan says: Oct 24, 2013 12:12 PM

    Fact is if the Vikings O-line could have protected him better in 2010, he could have had another very good year.
    He was not any different in 2010 than in 2009. No reason to believe that. It was the rest of the team that was declining, and he was too old to stand up to the physical demands of being beaten up.

    One thing to get hit like he did by Buffalo when you’re 25, entirely different when you’re 41…

  24. dwoofer says: Oct 24, 2013 12:13 PM

    The NFL’s Anybody But Tebow crusade continues. What a fraud.

  25. tformation says: Oct 24, 2013 12:13 PM

    What does this say about JaMarcus? When teams are more interested in a 44-year-old (multiple) retiree QB who has been out of the NFL for more than a year over JaMarcus close to his QB prime?

    Brett should pass along Jeff Garcia’s number to these teams.

  26. granadafan says: Oct 24, 2013 12:16 PM

    That’s a couple more calls than Tebow received.

  27. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Oct 24, 2013 12:27 PM

    Brett Favre in his prime couldn’t help the hapless vikings…

  28. phelbin says: Oct 24, 2013 12:32 PM

    Imagine having Brett Favre as your HS football coach. That would be awesome! Even if you don’t play after high school, you’d have a great football story for the rest of your life. A friend of mine played for Mike Holmgren in high school, and he’s got some great stories.

  29. orivar says: Oct 24, 2013 12:33 PM

    Just keep calling him teams, keep calling him! He’ll give in, Favre Watch 2013! Because even when he’s 90, people will still call him.

  30. dragonfly99 says: Oct 24, 2013 12:43 PM

    Obviously the Rams and Vikings.

  31. lscratchingthesurface says: Oct 24, 2013 12:44 PM

    As a fan of the chiefs I don’t want an injury to Alex Smith; however, should it happen I wouldn’t mind seeing Brett!

  32. baltimoresnativeson says: Oct 24, 2013 12:51 PM

    Lord please don’t allow this man to re-enter the NFL.

  33. ctochester12 says: Oct 24, 2013 12:54 PM

    Please don’t ever come back, I want the memory of your last play ever to be of a Bear rookie sacking you, and you fumbling the ball, no matter what the ruling on the field was.

  34. despenc925 says: Oct 24, 2013 12:59 PM

    he would want to stay out of the nfc west if he decided to come back

  35. 80sbroncofan says: Oct 24, 2013 12:59 PM

    All of this talk about the Rams asking him to come back is blown way out of proportion. Rams don’t even have close to the cap space available to sign Favre even if he wanted to come back. Rams probably asked Favres agent as more of a joke since Austin Davis (rams newly signed back up qb) has the same agent as Favre.

  36. greenbay4life says: Oct 24, 2013 1:04 PM

    I dont think Favre played too long. He played for a crappy Vikings team that couldnt protect him! His streak was broken for goodness sake!

    You can’t tell me any of the QBs the Browns, Vikings, Bucs, Raiders, Cardinals, Jags, Bills, Bears, Rams, Texans and Jets have on their current rosters are better than Favre!? And thats just to name a few teams! Heck personally I’d take Favre over Flacco, Tannehill, and Dalton.

    Think about it though, Favre to Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson, or A.J. Green?!?

    Yeah it would be redundant with him coming out of retirement, but heck it’s not like we haven’t endured it before!!

  37. skolvikingsuperbowl says: Oct 24, 2013 1:07 PM

    Favre could step in today and probably still lead the league in INT’s by the end of the year.

  38. ruvelligwebuike says: Oct 24, 2013 1:15 PM

    Come back for one more year, Brett. Give Wisconsin77 a reason to live.

  39. 2ruefan says: Oct 24, 2013 1:17 PM

    The Vikings DID NOT CALL Favre…. how freaking idiotic. That said.. he’s surely better than any QB on the team probably….

  40. commonsensedude says: Oct 24, 2013 1:17 PM

    Brett, if you come back, John Madden says he’ll un-retire as well.

  41. tahnoonzee says: Oct 24, 2013 1:22 PM

    if it weren’t for the bounties from the Saints and 49ers who injured him pretty badly, he might have a few more months (to finish the season) left in him.

  42. raideralex99 says: Oct 24, 2013 1:41 PM

    The haters are always going to hate but seriously if you love football why would you not want Favre playing.
    That last MNF was a joke and a complete turn off … keep showing games like that and you will have a few teams moving to London.

  43. wimpyburgers says: Oct 24, 2013 1:45 PM

    Farve comes back now and he can forget about entering the concussion lawsuit if he develops symptoms of dementia, etc.

  44. purplehaze28 says: Oct 24, 2013 1:45 PM

    In 2010, he hadn’t fully recovered from the beating that the NO Taints gave him and the refs helped to covered up. That, and the OL could not protect him…

  45. clemenza58 says: Oct 24, 2013 1:46 PM

    I am so glad this circus is in our rear view mirror.

  46. ma5terbla5t3r says: Oct 24, 2013 1:58 PM

    This is a guy who couldn’t pass a concussion test without having sustained a concussion. Stop already. Every time he says he’s not interested he’s back in uniform within a month.

  47. tovipapi says: Oct 24, 2013 2:02 PM

    As much as I loved watching Favre play it kind of sucked to see how his last year went. That Viking team disintegrated and Favre was beat up badly. He had one of his best seasons of his career the year before. Funny thing is I do think he would be better than half the abs out there today.

  48. pillowporkers says: Oct 24, 2013 2:03 PM

    I miss Brett. Regardless of whether he ever played for your team, he was just plain good for the league. Always fun to watch. 09 championship game saints vs vikings was still the best football game i’ve watched since the pats giants super bowl (that’s easily the game of the decade).

  49. axespray says: Oct 24, 2013 2:05 PM

    Hang out in piles of money or get hit by 300lb 20 year old players?

  50. mrfrostyj says: Oct 24, 2013 2:09 PM

    So what’s the bigger story no one ever thought they’d read this week

    Brett Favre turning teams down because he doesn’t want to make a comeback

    or

    The Cleveland Browns turning down quarterbacks willing to un retire for them because they don’t want them.

    Imagine how much bacon will cost from those flying pigs outside.

  51. frankiesweep says: Oct 24, 2013 2:13 PM

    NFL was better w/ the Ole Gunslinger.

  52. sbchampsagain says: Oct 24, 2013 2:20 PM

    Jeff Garcia said he wants to play…

  53. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 24, 2013 2:26 PM

    I called too, but he wasn’t interested in being Captain of my Taboo team during holiday season with the family.

  54. sandersmarcus10 says: Oct 24, 2013 2:44 PM

    This is what the NFL has come too now, all the QB’s out there and they want to call him and then Garcia is calling teams

  55. cornerstone2001 says: Oct 24, 2013 2:48 PM

    Nobody on this site would be willing to bet me even a $1 that Tebow couldnt be signed and pull off some wins for the Rams or any other team desperate for a QB

  56. quietdownandlisten says: Oct 24, 2013 2:57 PM

    Only reason those teams are calling is in order to sell some tickets. No way in hell people should pay a dime to watch Chad Henne, Jason Campbell, or Kellen Clemens to name a few.

  57. bobgb2000 says: Oct 24, 2013 3:17 PM

    It’s time to make amends and retire number 4 in Green Bay where he belongs. Brett, you were not perfect but thank you for all you have done for the Packers. Your family and your mom and dad will always be special to the team and the city.

  58. theqmaster says: Oct 24, 2013 3:24 PM

    Too bad that 2009-2010 Vikes didn’t go to SB. That team was really good and Favre fit in like a glove.

    Vikes were soo much better than Saints!

  59. mogogo1 says: Oct 24, 2013 3:57 PM

    I can’t think of anybody who has lost their QB who’d be even remotely in the position to sign Favre. Only way that would make sense is if you were a top contender and maybe thought he could carry you along. Even then, you’d probably want to know your starter had a good chance of being back in time for the playoffs.

    St. Louis, Philly, Texans…. none of those teams fit that description.

  60. newjerseygiants says: Oct 24, 2013 4:05 PM

    One would think in this big country where countless, talented kids play football from childhood through division 3 schools, that NFL teams need to resort to a 44 year old grandpa? Come On Man!

  61. realskipbayless says: Oct 24, 2013 4:53 PM

    I can’t believe I liked a Toronto Joe comment but yeah Brett is still better than a good portion of qbs in the league and way more entertaining than all of them.

  62. duece5 says: Oct 24, 2013 5:08 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says: Oct 24, 2013 12:27 PM

    Brett Favre in his prime couldn’t help the hapless vikings…

    duece5 says:

    Hey Carly….be careful of calling the Vikings hapless this week.

    The packers were the last team Ponder beat…….gee…..who do we play…..IN OUR DOME.

    Be careful Carly, the records get thrown out when it’s Vikes/packers, and you know it.

    Get ready to eat crow……

    What will you call your team when those “hapless” Vikes take care of business……hmmmmmm.

    CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!

  63. oaklegend says: Oct 24, 2013 5:09 PM

    Woooooooo wooooo woooo wooo woooooo…. so manly and resolute!

  64. shuttaman1990 says: Oct 24, 2013 5:13 PM

    Cmon man, He’s old enjoying life outside football and has no real bad side effects. Leave him be. I mean… CMON!

  65. hor2012 says: Oct 24, 2013 5:14 PM

    purplehaze28 says:
    Oct 24, 2013 1:45 PM
    In 2010, he hadn’t fully recovered from the beating that the NO Taints gave him and the refs helped to covered up. That, and the OL could not protect him…

    get over it. we beat you down. and, for good measure the next year we beat you down again. so keep crying you lost and we will take out superbowl and enjoy it cry baby.

  66. Wisconsin77 says: Oct 24, 2013 6:09 PM

    hor2012 says: Oct 24, 2013 5:14 PM
    get over it. we beat you down. and, for good measure the next year we beat you down again. so keep crying you lost and we will take out superbowl and enjoy it cry baby.

    Anybody who watched that Championship game knew that the Vikings were the better team and that Favre was the better QB that day. The ONLY reason you guys won is because you cheated with bounties. Two plays that come to mind that bounties contributed to the outcome was Favre’s first INT in which he got hit high and low and the NFL admitted a flag should have been thrown against the Saints. The second play was his INT at the end of the game. He got hit so much that game due to bountygate, he was afraid to run the ball. If he ran the ball, they gain a few more yards and Longwell may have hit a game winning FG (though it would have still been at the end of his range.

  67. upperdecker19 says: Oct 24, 2013 6:18 PM

    This report sent John Madden into a “Favre Watch” induced coma

  68. packhawk04 says: Oct 24, 2013 9:06 PM

    Remember the packers beating the #1 seed falcons 48-21 in the 2010 playoffs? The vikings couldve, wouldve and shouldve done that to the saints. But they didnt because of turnovers. Had nothing to do with the saints, or the refs, had everything to do with INTs and more importantly, fumbles.

  69. 80sbroncofan says: Oct 25, 2013 9:48 AM

    Wisconsin77 says:
    Oct 24, 2013 6:09 PM
    hor2012 says: Oct 24, 2013 5:14 PM
    get over it. we beat you down. and, for good measure the next year we beat you down again. so keep crying you lost and we will take out superbowl and enjoy it cry baby.

    Anybody who watched that Championship game knew that the Vikings were the better team and that Favre was the better QB that day. The ONLY reason you guys won is because you cheated with bounties. Two plays that come to mind that bounties contributed to the outcome was Favre’s first INT in which he got hit high and low and the NFL admitted a flag should have been thrown against the Saints. The second play was his INT at the end of the game. He got hit so much that game due to bountygate, he was afraid to run the ball. If he ran the ball, they gain a few more yards and Longwell may have hit a game winning FG (though it would have still been at the end of his range.
    ___________________________________

    Vikings lost that game because Adrian Peterson kept fumbling the ball and Brett Favres last interception. They didn”t lose because of bounties. Turn overs cost the Vikings a game they should have won.

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