Third time could be final for Favre
Quarterback Brett Favre apparently opted for his annual retirement Tuesday, raising questions about whether the quarterback will return to the Minnesota Vikings for a second season with the team and a 20th season in the NFL.
Favre informed some members of the Vikings organization that he intends to retire, an NFL source said, confirming multiple reports that he planned to walk away from the sport rather than return for a possible Super Bowl run.
But there was no immediate confirmation by Favre or the Vikings that Favre would retire. The news was followed by a degree of skepticism around the league because Favre, who turns 41 in October, is coming off a superb season and has reversed two previous decisions to end his career.
The Vikings left open the possibility of Favre returning to play. Coach Brad Childress said during a news conference at the team's training camp in Mankato, Minn., that Favre had not made a definitive statement to him about retiring.
"I'm not a big hearsay person .â.â. I've got to hear it from the horse's mouth," Childress said.
The Vikings are scheduled to face the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome Sept. 9 in the NFL's season opening game. It is a rematch of last season's NFC title game, won by the Saints in overtime after Favre threw a costly interception late in regulation.
Neither Favre nor his agent, Bus Cook was available to comment.
Others around the league were taking a wait-and-see approach.
Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan, who faced Favre in a Super Bowl with the
Denver Broncos, said at his team's training camp in Ashburn: "I've got to see it before I'll believe it."
Childress called the situation "very fluid" and declined to say whether the Vikings would be willing to wait until after the season-opening game to determine whether Favre would play.
"Those are all kind of if-then hypotheses," Childress said.