Driver says Favre will retire

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver said today that he feels quarterback Brett Favre will retire from football this off-season.<p>

"I would love for Brett to be my quarterback for the next seven years, if possible," Driver told Murray in the Morning and Sporting News Radio. "I know that right now he's been going through a lot with his family: his dad passed away last year; his brother-in-law passed away this year; his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. I think one thing about it is, he wants to spend time with his family. I would love to have him come back this year, but, in my eyes, I think this season was his last year. I don't think I'll see him back next year. If he does, it would be great. But if not, then everyone knows he had to do things for his family."

Also speaking on Dan Reeves' Sirius satellite radio show on Tuesday, Driver again said his hunch is Favre will retire rather than come back for the 2005 season.

Driver is in Jacksonville for the Super Bowl and was interviewed on Sirius' "The Opening Drive" show hosted by Reeves, who coached the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons to Super Bowls, and Chris Moore.

Driver was asked his opinion on whether Favre will play next season.

"I don't think so," Driver said. "Everyone has been asking me that question. He's a real close friend of mine and we've been talking back and forth, and I think he's pretty much going to hang 'em up.

"I always told him, ‘If you're coming back just because of that playoff game, don't show up. But it you're going to come back to try and win another Super Bowl, we'd love to have you."

Packers coach Mike Sherman spoke with Favre about his future after Green Bay's playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Jan. 9. Sherman asked Favre to make a decision on whether he will return for the 2005 season before the start of free agency. Favre has yet to publicly announce his decision.

Favre suffered one of the worst games of his career in a 31-17 playoff loss to Minnesota on Jan. 9 at Lambeau Field. He was brilliant during the regular season, however, putting together just his third season of 4,000 yards and 30 touchdown passes.

It has been a trying 16 months for Favre, however, with the death of his father, the death of his brother-in-law, and his wife's breast cancer. During the season, Favre's oldest daughter lives in Mississippi while the rest of the family stays in Green Bay.

Favre led Packers to their third straight NFC North Division title last year. He stands alone at third on the all-time QB wins list with 135, behind only John Elway (148) and Dan Marino (147), after moving past Fran Tarkenton (125) in the opening week. He was selected as an alternate for the 2005 Pro Bowl.

Favre has played in 207 consecutive games (226 including playoffs), with 205 consecutive starts (224 including playoffs), 89 more than the next-closest streak on the all-time quarterbacks list, 116 by Ron Jaworski (1977-84).

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