Word on the field today is that Brett Favre will not be returning for another year with the Minnesota Vikings.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that Favre sent “This is it” text messages to teammates.
In my most perfect world, these teammates sent text messages to Favre asking “If this is it, please let me know,” but I’m somehow doubting many or any of those guys are Huey Lewis and the News fans.
Yes. I’m digressing and shamefully resorting to changing the subject to mid-list 80s pop songs to make this marginally more interesting for all of us.
I’m sorry. That was uncalled for. YES. Brett Favre is said to be retiring, which would, as retirement is generally understood, make last season his final season in the NFL.
To be clear, Brett Favre please pay attention, this means that you Brett Favre will not play professional football or discuss playing professional football or change your mind about playing professional football for an extended period of time, possibly forever.
Right? This is what retirement means.
This is what is supposedly happening, today. We’ll see. Favre told the Vikings he wasn’t coming back before camp last year and changed his mind. He bailed on the Packers to go the Jets. He bailed on the Jets for the Vikings, and yeah, last season went pretty well.
It’s just that when it finally happens for real, who’s going to want to throw him a party?
This story is undoubtedly developing, and we’ll keep an eye on it around here so we can be among the first to discuss it when Brett finally drops the hammer. But there is one thing to hang your hat on, one cliche that mostly comes true, and an assurance that Brett will always, in some form or fashion, be with us on Sundays:
Football legends never really retire — they just get microphones and nice sportcoats.