Favre's future rosy no matter what it holds

Maybe it was the Gulf coast air or the great golfing. Something had Brett Favre feeling so relaxed during his annual Brett Favre Celebrity Golf Tournament in Mississippi, that he temporarily repealed his ban on retirement talk, and focused on his philosophy for the future.<P>

"In some ways, I have thought about retirement," told the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald. "I know I can play three more years, but I don't now if that's what I want. This time last year, I was dead set on retiring after the (2002) season and when it came to an end, I changed my mind. Who knows, I may be dead set on retiring next year at this time. Only I will know when it's time. "My wife, Deanna, and I talk about retirement and she tells me to walk away when I am ready, he said. "I think retirement will be a lot like the off-season for me. In the off-season, I don't like to travel: I would rather stay home in Hattiesburg and cut my grass. There are times when I'm on the mower cutting the front portion of the yard and someone stops by... they find it hard to believe that Brett Favre cuts his own grass."

Although Favre did call a moratorium on retirement talk due to the endless, largely unanswerable questions from reporters following the team, the QB has never hidden the fact that he's looking forward to his post-football life. The signs are definitely there: Favre's Green Bay home went up for sale. His oldest daughter, Brittany (now a teenager), will no longer travel between Mississippi and Wisconsin schools, but will have a more consistent high school schedule by staying in the Hattiesburg, Miss. Area during the season.

"We don't need it (house)," the QB told the Biloxi paper. "It will only be three of us this season and we could get by in an apartment. I don't spend that much time in Green Bay in the off-season so there's no need to have a home there. I love the area and the fans have been great, but I don't need a house there."

What he does need in the future is more time for family, fun, and even football – just not including a helmet and pads.

"I've been fortunate to be able to do what I've done for a long time," Favre said. "When it's over, I would not mind coaching, but it will be on my own terms. I really would like to help high school kids. I would get some satisfaction out of that. After so long, we are all has-beens. Coaching and helping kids would be nice when I've become a has-been."

Asked if he'd consider college coaching, Favre dismissed the idea. "I don't want to be there all the time," he said. "And, just because you are a great player doesn't mean you will be a great coach. If I was to show a college quarterback what helped me, there might be some conflict. Just because I am Brett Favre will not make me a great coach.

"But I really think I could help young kids with the basics and offer a little insight. I know people say we play for the money and it is good. But the real reason I play is to win. If we win another Super Bowl, that will be fine. If not, I can walk away knowing I won one and life has been good to me and my family."


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