It's that time of the year again, folks. No, not back to school. The Brett Favre, will-he-or-won't-he-retire, do-we-even-care-anymore sweepstakes.
There's no denying Favre's personal achievements or what he has meant to football. Perhaps, that's what sparks this debate each year - but this debate is one that's getting old for some people, just like the QB himself.
It's more about the consistent question than anything else - again, one that's the star himself constantly brings up - that is perturbing some
fans and commentators and making Favre the butt of his own joke.
Rumors are swirling again that Favre may be retiring from football, walking away this time from the Minnesota Vikings and leaving the sport entirely.
The QB however told ESPN's Ed Werder on Wednesday that he has not made any decision about returning to play for the Minnesota Vikings this season and says he will play if healthy. ESPN reported that Favre's agent, Bus Cook, said in a statement to the NFL Network on that the quarterback has an appointment with Dr. James Andrews next week and will know more at that time. Andrews performed surgery on Favre's ankle in May. SI.com's Peter King argues the real answer may not come until October.
Favre, in speaking with ESPN, denied sending text messages to Vikings teammates and fficials that may have indicated he had planned to retire.
But that doesn't mean people won't grumble about it even coming up again. It's more about the consistent question than anything else - again, one that's the star himself constantly brings up - that is perturbing some fans and commentators and making Favre the butt of his own joke.
"I am not going to ask Brett Favre to stay retired. Absolutely not. That would be way, way too ... subtle," SI.com's Michael Rosenberg writes. "I'm going to beg him, scream at him, handcuff him to a fishing dock, glue his hands together - whatever it takes. Come on, Brett. We only ask one thing of you now: sit on your couch and do absolutely nothing."
SI.com: Favre through the years
Rosenberg argues Favre's legacy is at stake, as well as whether as fans we can continue to support him because of his constant back and forth regarding retirement.
"When Favre retired the first time - an act that we can now refer to as a 'dry run' - he was arguably the most beloved athlete in the country,"
Now, he wonders, if fans and writers can even like him.
Some fans, seem to be answering with a wholehearted yell that seems to exclaim - "enough already."
On Twitter, one user, @LeBatardShow, mockingly compared the Favre story to LeBron James' knock-down, drag-out free agency spree.
mockingly compared the Favre story to LeBron James' knock-down, drag-out free agency spree.
"Brett Favre is going to hold a one hour special on espn. It will be called The Indecision," the user Tweeted.