Brett Favre Says He Won't Return in 2011
When asked during an interview with the NFL Network's Steve Mariucci if he was coming back in 2011, Favre looked around coyly, then offered a one-word answer: "No."
Back on Aug. 18, following his first practice after rejoining the Vikings, Favre made a similar claim when pressed on his future.
"Twenty years and I'm done," Favre said. "This is the last year of my contract."
Favre was asked that day if he thought people would believe him when he made that statement. He replied: "Probably not. Probably not. ... (But) I do believe now. I've gotta fall apart sometime."
Of course, this isn't the first time Favre's threatened to hang up his cleats for good.
In March of 2008, while still a member of the Green Bay Packers, Favre announced his retirement for the first time. Just months later, he was traded to the New York Jets -- Favre then played the 2008 season in New York. When that year wrapped, Favre told his Jets teammates that he was done, prompting the Jets to put him on the Reserve/Retired list. Like the Packers, they eventually released Favre.
He then made another comeback just prior to the 2009 season, persuaded by Vikings coach Brad Childress to join Minnesota. After leading the Vikings to the NFC championship game, Favre stated that he needed some time to weigh his future -- a nagging ankle injury haunted him throughout the '09 season. Following an offseason of back-and-forth, Favre rejoined the Vikings in early August and has proceeded to start every game during the 2010 season.