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#1 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 3:13:04 PM(UTC)
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http://sports.espn.go.co...10/news/story?id=5433551

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Brett Favre has informed the Vikings that he will not return for another season in Minnesota, the Star-Tribune reported Tuesday.

Favre has sent text messages to teammates saying, "This is it," league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Neither Favre nor the Vikings have confirmed the news but a press release is expected Tuesday, the sources said.

The Associated Press also reported that Favre is saying that he's not returning this season.

The Vikings' ownership is holding its annual meeting at training camp Tuesday morning.

This would be the third retirement for Favre, who also retired after 16 seasons with the Green Bay Packers after the 2007 season and one season with the New York Jets after the 2008 season.

Favre has been working out at his home in Hattiesburg, Miss., still rehabbing a surgically repaired ankle that was injured in Minnesota's overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC title game. He has yet to inform the team if he will honor the second year of his contract and come back for another run at the Super Bowl.

Last year Favre told the Vikings he was not going to play shortly before camp opened. But he changed his mind a few weeks later, and went on to record one of the best seasons of his career despite having less than three weeks to prepare.

Favre threw for over 4,200 yards with 33 touchdowns and just seven interceptions to lead the Vikings (12-4) to the NFC North title and their first NFC title game since 2001.



Didn't he say the same thing early August last year too, that he wasn't playing in the upcoming season, then two weeks later, he's on the sidelines?
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#2 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 3:14:01 PM(UTC)
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Almost makes you feel for the Vikings. Almost.
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#3 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 3:16:34 PM(UTC)
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Yes told them last year he wasnt playing...then changed his mind...Just like telling ESPN he was retired from the JETS and it was REAL and wouldnt change his mind
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 3:22:42 PM(UTC)
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Brett's retiring. ::roll:
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 3:29:21 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: " Go to Quoted Post
Almost makes you feel for the Vikings. Almost.


With all that's going on, I need this laugh. Brett saying he's done, again. Now the Vikings fan's can say 'we dont need that cheesepuff anyhow'. I can't wait for those comments to fly. I think Formo might be the only one who's going to say 'FUCK we really needed Brett, but we should be good without him too".

Vikesrule is doing a happy dance right about now.


Do I feel bad for the Vikings, hell no because they were laughing at us year after year since the beginning of the century. I didn't blame them for laughing, as I said at the time, I'd laugh at my ass too.



Here's a timeline....
July 29th, 2009, Favre tells Vikings that he is going to remain retired.
Aug 19th, 2009, Favre unretires and signs two year contract with the Vikings.



I (as MANY also did) said he'd do the ankle surgery, say he wasn't coming back ... then around 2nd/3rd game "heh guys i jes kiddin i commin back!"

The thing is, this will sit in the minds of the players too. Brett did the same thing last year. AND the owner and coach said the time has passed for Brett to be a Viking. THEN he was a Viking!!

There's no stability there, no structure, no fortitude to make a REAL decision amongst the Vikings brass.

So, I laugh, yes, I laugh. Just as I would have laughed at my ass for more than half a decade of going through something similar.
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#6 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 3:33:04 PM(UTC)
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There's a neat time line of Brett, better than the one I threw up. Dates back to 2002.
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#7 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 3:33:15 PM(UTC)
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Favre set to join the Miami Heat

j/k
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#8 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 3:36:40 PM(UTC)
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I suspect that Brett was feeling a little lonely because of the lack of media attention, with everyone thinking that he was going to come back for sure. The retirement announcement is a good way to put the spotlight back on him, and it will also make him look more "heroic" to his fans when he decides to play after all. Also, maybe this time he can miss the entire preseason instead of having to play those last couple games.
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#9 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 3:40:26 PM(UTC)
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Favre set to join the Miami Heat

j/k


+1 POTD! Well done.
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#10 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 3:41:35 PM(UTC)
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I want tears at the presser tomorrow or I will feel cheated.
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#11 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 3:43:15 PM(UTC)
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Favre the "decision"

hey if LeBron can get away with it...

hahahaha
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#12 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 3:46:02 PM(UTC)
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You know, if he doesn't come back, he really, really screwed the Vikings over.

I mean, they could've gone after Donovan McNabb earlier in the off-season. Their late 1st would've gotten him. They could've signed Derek Anderson to compete for the starting spot. He showed he can do something if he actually has a supporting cast. They could've drafted Jimmy Clausen in the late first or early second.
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#13 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 3:57:32 PM(UTC)
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Maybe Brett is still "helping" the Packers. It was a trade off, play soft defense to allow him his public 'revenge' on going 2 - 0 against the Packers for his retirement in this year.
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#14 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 3:58:38 PM(UTC)
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what if this is true? but then in 3 weeks says he wants back..

Vik players and fans be ok with it
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#15 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 4:29:33 PM(UTC)
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I'll believe it when I see Brett on TV saying "As of now I am officially retired"

Then again I believed it 2 years ago.

I've had enough of it to be honest.

I couldn't give 2 friggs anymore!!
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I feel very wrong now!!!!!!!!!
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#16 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 4:29:46 PM(UTC)
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At the end of this preseason.. whether he plays or not.. IMO.. still a 50% chance he plays (yes the Vikes will sweeten the pot because of fan pressure and that they put to much power in Brett's hands without a valid plan B)

That this will throw a major wrench in the Vikings team for this season..

If Brett comes back now.. one has to believe that some will be a hell of a lot less receptive this time around.

Two.. it is going to cause some type of knee jerk reaction by the Viking brass..

Three.. those Viking fans that went from hating his guts to worshiping him endlessly will start to doubt and possibly loathe him again.. openly and loudly.

Four.. it is much needed humor here in Green Bay, turning the table right round on our neighbors to the West. This is an awesome practical joke.
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#17 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 5:16:09 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: " Go to Quoted Post
I suspect that Brett was feeling a little lonely because of the lack of media attention, with everyone thinking that he was going to come back for sure. The retirement announcement is a good way to put the spotlight back on him, and it will also make him look more "heroic" to his fans when he decides to play after all. Also, maybe this time he can miss the entire preseason instead of having to play those last couple games.



Agreed. LeBron and co. hogged the headlines all summer - he needs that attention, I'm convinced of it. Just going back as everyone expects isn't enough press - now he can "retire" and then un-retire at the very last second, ensuring all eyes on him for the next month or so.

You can bank on it - he'll be back in Purple this season.
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#18 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 5:26:05 PM(UTC)
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i hope brett stays retired this time, i think he may regret coming back this year.
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#19 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 5:47:32 PM(UTC)
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Official word out of Bretts camp!! Straight from the horses mouth.

Favre: "I know I can still play the game. As of now, I'm retired. Who knows what will happen in the future but as of now, I'm done. How will I feel next month? Heck, I don't know. We might be asking these same questions in 3 years. Shucks"
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#20 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 5:47:40 PM(UTC)
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Brett's retiring. ::roll:


not so fast. dont hold your breath.
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#21 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 5:49:43 PM(UTC)
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i hope brett stays retired this time, i think he may regret coming back this year.


Not me, I wanted to watch him get hit often this year by Peppers, Vandendbosh, and Clay. Everyone played the Vikings last year to stop Peterson, and let Favre sit back there and play catch. This year things were going to change. I don't believe Minnesotas O-line is as good as years past due to age and lack of drafting. The lost their utility backup as well.

I'm going to take a wait and see approach on this because the waffle king needs more time.
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#22 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 7:10:57 PM(UTC)
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I'm going to take a wait and see approach on this because the touchdown king deserves more time.


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#23 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 7:19:32 PM(UTC)
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Just to play with the idea a bit - if for some reason this is the real deal (we all know it isn't, but what the hell) and he is calling it quits, I wonder if it will turn out that the factor was what N.O. did to him in that last game.

Every other team in the league saw that and took careful notes. He knows it, too. He also (now) knows that there are players out there who would love nothing more than to pound him into the turf (not because they don't like him - because he's the best ever, and that's the guy you want to be known for taking down). And then he looks at that line - McKinney will get him killed, and he knows it. Hutch is still good, but he's getting slower, quickly. The guy @ center is no Matt Birk. So forth. It's not a bad line by any stretch, but it's not the line it used to be. If he hadn't been the guy taking snaps last year, that line would have looked a lot worse - he got out of a lot of sacks on his own.

There are a lot of things I've given Brett credit for over the years, but intelligence isn't one of them - perhaps, though, he did the math and realized that at some point there'll be a bullet he can't dodge.

Nah... he's coming back.
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#24 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 7:21:31 PM(UTC)
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The Saints game and taking notes holds no relevance to his decision. Maybe the pain, but I doubt it. He's been around long enough. No one scheme can stop him, if you think differently, I feel you're mistaken.

Rattle his cage, make him play from behind. That's been the goal of defenses for more than a decade. Not many have succeeded, the Saints did.


With that said, do we have a link to actual Brett Favre comments on this, or is it all speculation yet?
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#25 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2010 7:23:13 PM(UTC)
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I would be gutted if he didn't come back. I actually found myself watching Vikes games with more interest last year solely because of Favre (even if I was willing the opposing team to knock him on his backside most of the time.)

On a brighter note, if he does retire this really leaves the Packers as the class of the NFC North (if not the whole NFC alonside New Orleans). The drop off from Favre to Tavaris Jackson or Safe Rosenfels is huge.
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