If the money is right, should Favre return?

Haven't we had enough?

Jeff Schuler

Morning Call

No, no, a thousand times no.

Haven't we had enough of this act? I've lost count of the times in the past that Brett Lorenzo Favre has "retired," only to watch the so-called gunslinger come riding triumphantly off the plains of Mississippi to the rescue of some desperate NFL team.

I've ignored countless reports about how this coach or that team executive had been granted an audience at the royal Favre estate for the privilege of trying to lure him off the tractor.

Frankly, no more. Besides, when last seen in uniform, he wasn't exactly setting the world on fire.

Let's just let Favre fade off into the Mississippi sunset.


Give him, and it, a rest

Sam Farmer

Los Angeles Times

He should have come back. That way, he could have checked the Bears off his list and would have only needed to play for the Lions to hit for the cycle in the NFC North.

Actually, retirement is just right for Favre. Some people attach these mythical qualities to him, thinking he can step into any situation and succeed, no matter what the offensive system, or who makes up the supporting cast around him. Favre issued a statement saying he's enjoying his retirement and has no plans to return to football.

Considering his history of flip-flopping, it's fair to be skeptical of whatever he says on the topic. But now, we might just be able to believe him — and finally give it a rest.


Everyone loves a circus

Kevin Van Valkenburg

Baltimore Sun

There isn't any NFL team willing to beg Brett Favre long enough that he would come out of "retirement" yet again. The media circus he inspires would undermine any benefits, however meager, he'd offer. But if a team was desperate enough to do it, why shouldn't he? It's not like he has a dignified legacy to protect.

Favre is a football junkie. The idea that he's happy riding a tractor in Mississippi has always struck me as a fallacy. It makes us — the fans — uncomfortable to watch him look like a shell of his former self out there, but that doesn't bother Favre. Professional athletes don't owe us graceful exits.

One caveat though: He has to foot the bill for his fifth "retirement" ceremony.


No, would tarnish legend

Dan Pompei

Chicago Tribune

About the only thing Brett Favre can accomplish by coming out of retirement yet again is stain his legend.

His moment in the sun lasted longer than almost anyone else's, but it is over. Favre is 42 years old, and he played like it last year. If Favre could still play like he did a few years ago, I'd be all for a return engagement. The chances of him being in football shape are not good.

He would have to learn a new offense, and become acclimated to new teammates in a short amount of time. No, Favre should not be playing football this December. He should be counting his money, riding his tractor, shooting some birds and preparing his Hall of Fame speech.


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