Why Favre needs to return

QB will continue career for the same reasons as Testaverde, and to erase Sunday's nightmare finish, says PackerReport.com's Todd Korth

Retirement for Brett Favre? Some Packers fans might be secretly wishing he'll retire after his horrendous finish against the New York Giants Sunday night, but don't count on it. Favre will return to the Green Bay Packers for yet another season, and expect to him to make an public announcement sooner than the Friday before the Super Bowl, like last year.

Says who? Me, of course, but many others in Green Bay and beyond feel the same way, and for all the obvious reasons.

Vinny Testaverde comes to mind when I think of Favre and retirement. Last fall when the Carolina Panthers lured the 44-year-old Testaverde out of his comfortable Florida digs to add some stability to their disintegrating quarterback position, he was interviewed by ESPN and asked why he wanted to resume playing football. Testaverde explained that if he can answer ‘yes' to the following three questions, it made the decision easy for him. Those questions that he asked himself, in no particular order, were:

1. Do you enjoy playing the game?
2. Are you physically capable to play in the NFL?
3. Can you be productive?

Testaverde answered ‘yes' to all three and returned to play football with the Panthers.

Year after year, Favre has undoubtedly asked himself the same questions, and year after year, he continues to come back. A youngster compared to Testaverde, the 38-year-old Favre can easily answer ‘yes' to the same three questions that Testaverde asks himself at this time. With that in mind, it would be hard to imagine Favre walking away from football, especially the way he played in the fourth quarter and overtime in the NFC Championship Game. He is the ultimate competitor, and there is no way that he can diminish that Championship Game nightmare unless he wakes up and lines up behind center for the 2008 season.

Favre completed a career-best 66.5 percent of his passes in the regular season and threw only 15 interceptions. He set himself apart by setting the league's major all-time passing records. Furthermore, he was caught on camera throwing snowballs at Donald Driver and hoisting Driver and Greg Jennings over his shoulder after completing touchdown passes during games this past season. He still has the ability to improvise and make something out of nothing, and he can still break or sprain the fingers of receivers with his bullet passes.

Favre says he will try to forget about his poor outing Sunday, but the only way he'll be able to accomplish that is by playing again.

"I'm just going to try to enjoy this season we had as much as I can and try to block this game out," Favre said after the game. "It's going to be very hard. (But) I'm not going to let this game sway my decision one way or another.

"Had we won this game and gone to the Super Bowl, whatever happened in that game, when it was over, I was going to go home and think about where I wanted to go from there," he added. "I don't think that that's going to really change because we didn't make it. It's been a great year, and I'm very disappointed. But, had we gone to the Super Bowl and lost, unfortunately, I would have been disappointed there, too. Had we been fortunate enough to win, the decision was still there, and there were several ways to look at it."

Favre is still having fun playing football. Maybe not so much in the bitter cold, but he's having fun. He is as productive as ever in Mike McCarthy's offense, and he again avoided any major injuries to extend his ironman starting streak to an amazing 275 straight games overall.

Look for Favre to be back with the Pack. If all goes well, the Packers will have a chance to return to the NFC Championship Game where Favre will be able to lead the team to the Super Bowl and completely forget about Sunday night's loss to the Giants.

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


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