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Favre Says Report Is 'All Rumor'

Gautam Gambhir of India plays for a shot against Pakistan during the Asia Cup. Pakistan won by eight wickets, with 27 balls remaining.
Gautam Gambhir of India plays for a shot against Pakistan during the Asia Cup. Pakistan won by eight wickets, with 27 balls remaining. (By Anjum Naveed -- Associated Press)
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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Brett Favre dismissed an ESPN report that he's considering coming out of retirement as "all rumor."

Favre responded yesterday to the ESPN report by telling his hometown newspaper Web site, SunHerald.com in Gulfport, Miss., that "it's all rumor."

The paper reported that Favre sent a text message saying there's "no reason" for a media frenzy.

ESPN reported that an unidentified Packers source said the 38-year-old Favre told Coach Mike McCarthy in the past two weeks that he has the itch to play.

"The Packers have no reaction," team spokesman Jeff Blumb told the Associated Press.

Favre's agent, James"Bus" Cook, didn't return a message seeking comment. Packers General Manager Ted Thompson and McCarthy were on vacation.

Favre retired March 6 after a 17-year career.

Cornerback Al Harris said on ESPN's "NFL Live" that Favre made similar comments to him.

"I know he has the itch to come back and play," Harris said. "If he will or not, I don't know."

The Packers plan to use Aaron Rodgers as their starting quarterback for the upcoming season, and he's been leading the team through organized team activities and minicamp.

Rodgers has been groomed to take over for Favre since being selected in the first round in 2005, but has played sparingly.

"Aaron is our quarterback," Harris said. "Brett's retired. But if he wanted to come back, there would be some guys who wouldn't mind it. I would welcome him back with open arms."


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