Favre: Are you ready for Daddy to quit?

If you read anything into a father-daughter chat, then Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre might be retiring sooner rather than later.

Favre during his weekly chat with the opposing team's reporters Wednesday revealed a conversation he had with his 5-year-old daughter, Breleigh, while on their way to kindergarten that morning.

"We were just talking on the way," Favre said. "I've always tried to pick her brain. I said, ‘Are you ready for Daddy to quit football?' She knows I play and she knows people want my autographs and things, but she doesn't really grasp the whole concept of what's going on. She said, ‘Yeah. I'm ready for you to quit playing football, so you can live with us full-time in Mississippi.'

"It's kind of funny that she said that, because I'm with her every night. I said, ‘If I quit playing, there's no more football, there's no more games, no more cheering.' She said, ‘No, I'm ready for you to do that.'

"If you want the truth a lot of times, go ask your kids. But I don't think she really knows."

Unlike Favre's older daughter, 15-year-old Brittany, Favre, wife Deanna and Breleigh stay in Green Bay during the football season. Brittany lives with relatives in Sumrall, Miss., during the football season. When Favre retires, the family will be able to live together full time in Mississippi.

Lest anyone read too much into the family anecdote, Favre said "I consider it a challenge" to turn around the foundering, 1-4 Packers.

Packers coach-general manager Mike Sherman said he's not worried about Favre's future.

"My only concern right now is the Detroit Lions and this season and this team and we'll worry about next season when that comes around," Sherman said.

Favre, however, has said he would retire once football no longer was fun. He can't be having much fun at the moment as the Packers have stumbled to four consecutive losses, including an 0-3 mark at Lambeau Field. It's a far cry from his preseason Super Bowl-or-bust proclamation.

Making the situation less fun is last week's death of his brother-in-law, who died in an all-terrain vehicle accident at the Favres' Mississippi home. The sport's legendary iron man, meanwhile, was knocked from the Indianapolis and New York Giants games with injuries.

Helping the situation, however, is quarterback Doug Pederson. The veteran quarterback and confidant is out for the season with back and rib injuries, but he's a mainstay at practice.

"He's sticking around, I think, on my behalf," Favre said. "He's the highest-paid friend now in the league. But I like having him around. He probably knows me better than anyone, on and off the field, and he's sticking it out, trying to help out as much as possible.

"It is different, and he knows that this might be it for him. But we're going to try to have a little fun the rest of this year and see what happens."

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