Brett Favre to Retire From NFL … Again?

UPDATE: Favre now says he has not decided whether he is retiring. Should we be surprised?

Senior NFL Writer Jay Glazer reports that Favre has told The Minnesota Vikings team that he will not return to football. This will make it three times now that Favre has retired. Because Favre has changed his mind so many times, it is hard to say that his retirement is official.

Brett Favre expected to retire from the NFL making this his third time to retire.

According to a series of tweets from Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “Brett Favre began telling Vikings officials last night he will NOT return for a 20th season.” Another said that “Favre is expected to issue a press release later today.” The quarterback’s ankle injury may be one reason that Favre is reluctant to play this year.

Favre, according to the paper, has chosen to retire rather than return for his 20th NFL season because his left ankle, on which he had surgery this spring, has not responded the way he’d hoped. He did not report to camp, which opened Friday.

After off-season surgery on his ankle, Favre began working out in Hattiesburg, MS. Most people, especially the Vikings, took this as a sign that he would return. The Vikings are still holding out hope that Favre will again change his mind as he has done so many times in the past.

Still, Zulgad cautions that Favre still could return: “There is a chance ownership will go back to Favre with an offer of more than the 13 million for this season,” he wrote. And as ProFootballTalk notes, “before Favre returns, he needs to persuade everyone that he won’t return. Just like he did last year.”

ESPN’s Jeff MacGregor tweets: “Pacing back & forth as he decides retirement, Favre accidentally completes Redskins conditioning test.”

Adam Schefter of ESPN tweets: “Had Favre retired after season, Minnesota’s quarterback this season could have been Donovan McNabb, Jason Campbell or Marc Bulger.” And “one other option the Vikings would have had at quarterback, the most intriguing one of all.” … Ben Roethlisberger

Coach Mike Shanahan, whose team plays the Vikings on Nov. 28 at FedEx Field is skeptical. After the Redskins’ training camp practice Tuesday, he said “I’ll have to see it before I believe it.”

If Brett Favre does officially retire this time, he will go down in NFL history as one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game.

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