Rams called Brett Favre about QB job (updated)

October 24, 2013
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The St. Louis Rams did turn to an out-of-work quarterback after losing Sam Bradford to a season-ending knee injury Sunday.

But the guy they reached out to wasn’t Tim Tebow. It was Brett Favre.

The quarterback, who turned 44 two weeks ago and hasn’t played in almost three years, told the team he wasn’t interested, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

“It’s flattering,” he told Jon Saraceno and Andy Pollin in a SportsTalk 570 interview today, “but there’s no way I’m going to do that.”

And he sounds like he really means it, although he said he thought a couple of teams had inquired about his services.

“I do watch games, [but] I don’t watch them a lot. … I can honestly sit here and say I don’t go ‘I want to do that’ or ‘I feel like I could do that better.’ I leave that up to other people. I had a great career. I think if anything, the last year I played was an obvious, writing-on-the-wall vision for you, if you will. It was time.”

Favre just doesn’t seem to need it any more.

“When I decided to go, I mean it was time to go. I think the good thing about where I am in my life right now, I’m not staring off into the clouds or wandering around wondering what to do. When I left the NFL — believe me, the NFL was everything I thought it would be and then some. It was tough, it was fun, it was rewarding. But I felt like I didn’t need to stick around. I didn’t need to be a part of it to feel like I had a purpose in life. I’m coaching high school football right now. This is my second year. I’m having a blast. ”

Favre, notoriously wishy washy about riding off into the sunset, seems determined to remain the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Oak Grove (Miss.) High School.  Still, he has been making the rounds of late. Last Sunday, he did extensive commentary on the NFL Network’s pregame show and was asked the obligatory question about whether he might return.

“It took me 20 years,” he told Rich Eisen, “but I realized my 20th year that I didn’t like getting hit.”

And, boy, did he get hit in that 20th years with the Minnesota Vikings.

Favre turned down the Rams through his agent, Bus Cook — the same agent who had helped fan these flames a couple of weeks ago by saying that Favre was in great shape and would be able to play in the NFL. His client disagreed about the second part in a recent interview.

“I am [in shape],” Favre told USA Today’s Lindsay H. Jones, “but I am no way considering playing.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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