A 'fore' warning to retirement?

PackerReport.com's Todd Korth explains why Green Bay Packers fans shouldn't read too much into Brett Favre's decision to drop his country club membership in Green Bay.

Late last week, word around Green Bay leaked out to the media that Brett Favre did not renew his membership to the Oneida Golf & Country Club in Green Bay. For all those who think that it's another sign that Favre will not return to the Packers in 2007, think again.

For a time in the early to mid-1990s when Favre was on a team with many players his age, he would golf a lot at different courses in the Green Bay area. However, in recent seasons, the word from people who work at those same golf courses say Favre rarely swings the sticks. In fact, Favre is more likely to go hunting than play golf, according to those who a closer to Favre than most of us.

Favre eventually will retire from football, but just because he did not renew his pricey golf membership shouldn't be taken as a strong indicator that he plans to walk away from football.

"It's an expensive club," Packers CEO Bob Harlan recently told the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "I don't care how much money you're making, it's very expensive, and if you're not using it, it doesn't make a lot of sense, and I think that's what happened to Brett.

"I've heard he doesn't play at home (in Mississippi) anymore, either," Harlan said. "I've heard it's not all that important to him all at once."

Favre and his wife, Deanna, have sold their million-dollar home in Green Bay for a smaller, more modestly-priced home not far from Lambeau Field. The day will come when they will put that house on the market, too, and live in Mississippi year-round.

Favre definitely is taking steps toward stepping away from the Packers and football, but nothing he cannot live without by playing another one or two more seasons in Green Bay.

Todd Korth

Todd Korth is managing editor of PackerReport.com and Packer Report magazine. E-mail him at packrepted@aol.com.

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