Young on Favre

Hall of Fame QB feels future HOF QB may play for different team

Over the past few months, anybody and everybody has offered their thoughts about Brett Favre and if he will decide to return to play football, retire, or play for a different team next season. Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, 44, was asked about Favre Monday during an ESPN radio interview. Young, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last August, feels that Favre still wants to play but wants to play for a contender. Thus far in the off-season, the Packers have done little to improve their offensive line, and with Javon Walker wanting out of Green Bay, the offense may not be any better than in 2005.

"He's in a tough spot," said Young. "It's somewhat similar to the spot I was in in 1999 with new management, ownership of the 49ers declaring essentially, ‘We're not going to the Super Bowl anymore.' I think that's what is going on with Brett a little bit. He's calling out the Packers and saying, ‘Tell me, tell me even if you're lying that you're going to go for the Championship. Tell me you're going to make the changes to win the Championship this year because I don't have many years left.' That's why it's hard for him. He doesn't hear it and knows it's probably not going to happen. He sees the cap room and sees that it's not being spent at least the way he thinks it should be spent, and so he sits there and wonders, ‘What do I do?' I don't want to quit. I'm too young. I think about it a lot. I'm beat up and all those kinds of things, but at the end of the day, I'd like to play some football.'"

Favre said in a recent press conference in Mississippi that he wants to play for a contender, but has yet to see any signs this off-season that the Packers are serious about contending for an NFL championship. Young, who retired at the age of 38, said he knows the feeling.

"I ended up retiring because I knew that I wasn't going to play for championships and I think that's what (Favre) is thinking," Young said. "He doesn't want to just go play football. He wants to play for championships, and if I can't play for championships then maybe I should retire, or, I'm sure this is going through his head now, maybe I should go somewhere where they will play for a championship. I think as time goes on here, if the Packers don't make a play for his heart, in a sense, that he will start thinking about retiring, or is Mike Shanahan going to call me? Will anybody give a guy the last couple of years. I wouldn't put that out of the realm of possibility. I didn't, and I don't think he will either."

If Favre wants to play for a team that is more likely to contend for a title than Green Bay, Dallas and Baltimore are good places to start. As difficult as it might be for Packers fans to imagine, Favre wearing a Cowboys uniform makes sense. He probably gives the Cowboys a better chance of winning the Super Bowl than Drew Bledsoe, especially with Terrell Owens and former Packers receiver Terry Glenn in the mix. If not Dallas, Baltimore likely is seeking a veteran quarterback to combine with its potent defense for a year or two.

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