Let the countdown clock begin ... again. In five years, one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL will be enshrined at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
As first reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, former Green Bay Packers and New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre has informed Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress of his intent to stay retired.
"I had to be careful not to commit for the wrong reasons. They were telling me, 'You went through all this, you had the surgery and you've got to finish it off.' But I have legitimate reasons for my decision. I'm 39 with a lot of sacks to my name."
Childress and Favre spoke prior to the quarterback's decision going public. Afterward, Childress released a statement:
"It was a rare and unique opportunity to consider adding not only a future Hall of Fame quarterback but one that is very familiar with our system and division. That does not detract from the team that we have. As we have consistently communicated, we feel good about our team and they have put forth a tremendous effort this offseason preparing for the season ahead. With this behind us, we look forward to getting to Mankato and getting training camp underway."Barring another change of heart by Favre (no one can ever really rule this out), or another move by the Vikings, they'll enter training camp Friday with Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels competing for the starting job.
Jackson looked solid in his late-season run in 2008, but sputtered badly in Minnesota's playoff loss to Philadelphia. Rosenfels has never been a full-time NFL starter, but has played well in spurts for Houston.