But that doesn't mean Brett Favre is planning his umpteenth comeback.
"I don't want to put my body through that anymore," Favre told reporters at his inaugural 7-on-7 football camp at his alma mater, Southern Mississippi, on Tuesday in Hattiesburg, Miss. "I've been beat up enough."
Favre endured his worst season in the league in 2010, lending credence that he might actually stay retired after calling it quits in Green Bay following the 2007 season, the New York Jets following the 2008 season and pondering his future all the way through the offseason following the 2009 season with Minnesota. Not only was Favre's NFL-record consecutive-starts streak snapped at a stunning 298 games, but the Vikings plunged from the brink of the Super Bowl to 6-10. He threw 11 touchdown passes against 19 interceptions in 13 starts, the first time he had thrown more interceptions than touchdowns since 1993. His passer rating of 69.9 was the worst since becoming a starter in 1992 and came on the heels of a career-best 107.2 rating in 2010, when he threw 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Favre, 41, spent 20 years in the NFL, setting every meaningful passing record along the way. A three-time MVP with the Packers, Favre tops the charts for most career passing yards (71,838), touchdown passes (508), interceptions (336) and consecutive starts at quarterback (321, including playoffs). He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowl XXXI but couldn't rally the Packers in Super Bowl XXXII.
After that loss to Denver, Favre went 4-7 in his final 11 postseason starts, with 21 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. Among the postseason disappointments were his six interceptions in a loss at St. Louis (2001 season), being behind the wheel of the team's first playoff loss in Lambeau Field history (Atlanta, 2002 season), an overtime interception at Philadelphia (2003 season), four interceptions in a home loss to Minnesota (2004 season), his overtime interception in the NFC Championship Game loss to the Giants (2007 season) and his ill-advised interception after leading the Vikings into scoring position in the final moments of regulation in the NFC Championship Game at New Orleans (2009 season).
Favre considered retiring again after that game but was coaxed back by his teammates. The season ended in disastrous fashion — both on and off the field, with his image tarnished by allegations that he had sent vulgar messages and photos to a former game-day hostess with the Jets. Now, Favre seems content — if unsure — with what lies ahead.
"I'm just one of the guys," he said after helping coach players from 24 schools, with proceeds going to his Favre 4 Hope Foundation and Southern Mississippi's Brett Favre Athletic Endowment Scholarship. "And I enjoy it that way. If anything, that's what I want these kids to take away from this."
While Favre ruled out football, he left his future open. While he said he enjoyed talking to the kids on Tuesday, he didn't want to commit himself to a full-time coaching gig.
"It's been a long time since I watched a high school football game — or a college game for that matter," Favre said. "I kind of look forward to it."
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