August 4th, 2010
10:13 AM ET

Brett Favre retiring... again? Do we still care?

Brett Favre is considering walking away from the Minnesota Vikings -- and football -- again.

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.

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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,"
Rosenberg wrote.

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.

SI.com: Fan Nation - Is Favre's career really over?

SI.com: Vikings not a Super Bowl team without Favre

soundoff (173 Responses)
  1. M.I. crooked letter

    I have and always will be a fan of Brett Favre. Regardless of what his decisions are regarding his participation in the game of professional football, I'll always be a fan. He's a fellow Mississippian and we are alums of USM. I wish him well and I hate to see him retire (again!) I look forward to seeing (and hearing) him commentating the game in the near future.

    August 4, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TRJ

    I hope he retires. I think it's ridiculous how he keeps going back and forth. Enough already, retire! Do yourself and everybody else a favor. Retire! Please!

    August 4, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bob

    Favre's slow transistion to retirement is nothing new. Remember Michael Jordan? All of you getting worked up over this are falling into a well-oiled media machine to eek every last bit out of an aging star athlete (i.e. they capitali$e on the controversy). If the media stopped making such a big deal out of this, and just let Favre and his doctors decide if he is up to it each year, this would be a non issue. Then again, if we didn't have our media-fueled back stories, sports would be a lot more boring and much less profitable.

    August 4, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fred Favish

    couldn't possibly care less if i tried

    August 4, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff

    I'm from Wisconsin and I NEVER LIKE that idiot from Mississippi. I wish he drop off the face of the Earth. Between Brett and the Bristol/Levi crap, stop airing this. IGNORE HIM and he'll go away.

    August 4, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PK

    I hope he doesn't. I will be attending the season opener in New Orleans when the Saints play the Vikings. I want the game to honor the Saints for their accomplishments last season, not the Brett Farve show.

    Who Dat!!

    August 4, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff

    Don't care!

    August 4, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Matt in MN

    Yeah, I care more about Favre's retirement than I do about whatever Linsey Lohan is currently up to or the fact that Sarah Palin said a bad word on her Facebook page.

    August 4, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Stephen

    Brett has won his last game of the season once. He isn't going to catch lightning in a bottle twice!

    August 4, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. drifter

    I do not care if he plays or not lets not let Bretts insanity overshadow the whole season yet AGAIN

    August 4, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. drifter

    It is not the BFFL

    August 4, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chowur

    40 years old,IS OLD for any NFL player IMO.Get out while you still have your health,some what.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. news.blogs.cnn.com

    Brett favre retiring again do we still care.. Super 🙂

    April 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
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