According to Rick Schwartz of Yahoo! Sports, Brett Favre called Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress to say he will remain retired.
If true, Favre's phone call — made some time in the last day — would explain why Childress was seen at Vikings headquarters in Winter Park, Minn., on Thursday morning rather than in Mississippi, where he allegedly had traveled on Wednesday night to meet with Favre.
There are no other details in the story, other than Favre will "publicly explain his decision soon," according to Schwartz. Schwartz cited a "source close to the team."
With that, the NFL's longest-running soap opera has come to an end. Or perhaps not. Not long after he retired from the Packers on March 6, 2008, he changed his mind, only to change his mind two days before the Packers were going to send some coaches and officials to Mississippi to talk to him.
About three months later, Favre again felt the urge to end his retirement. A month after that, on July 8, Favre and his agent, Bus Cook, asked for a trade.
Favre, the NFL's career leader in every meaningful passing category, added 22 touchdowns and 22 interceptions to his totals after being traded to the New York Jets. He was an MVP candidate until faltering down the stretch, due in part to a partially torn biceps tendon on his throwing arm.
"It's time to leave," he told reporters upon retiring for a second time on Feb. 11.
When Favre asked for and was granted his release shortly after the Jets drafted Mark Sanchez with the fifth overall pick, the Favre-to-Minnesota rumors began to boil. Why else would a retired quarterback with an ax to grind need to be released? Favre's own words after retiring fueled the fire.
"They sent me to New York because they didn't play the Jets, they were 4-12, so they didn't have to play me, they knew we had very little chance of making the playoffs and they knew it was not likely that we'd have a better year than they did," Favre told ESPN. "I was aware of all of that and more than up to the challenge because they felt they were shipping me off to Siberia and they'd never hear from me again. So, was I coming back to play because I loved the game or to prove them wrong? Probably a little bit of both.
"Maybe initially I came back for the wrong reasons. It was like, ‘OK, they don't want me to play, then I'll play somewhere else and show them I can still play.'"
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