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Posted May 30, 2010
Brett Favre Retirement Conditions
I'll admit this blog is a little late, but in some ways it will be a little early. I'll explain.
First of all, I'd like to thank the media for no Tim Tebow stories since the week after the 2010 NFL Draft concluded.
However, I'm also ashamed for the media once again for holding onto Brett Favre like he's the only way they can get ratings - I mean honestly ESPN, how much money do you need to make? When is enough enough?
Has anyone said Brett Favre is not returning to the NFL in the last three months? How is Brett Favre a story? He's returning - it's officially unofficial. How many times can John Clayton and Jason La Canfora say on the air, "Everybody within the Minnesota Vikings organization expects Favre to return."
How is this newsworthy? It's a joke. Favre is a story, obviously, but all I am saying is when you say the same thing over, and over, and over, and over then it's time to just wait until he returns (and he WILL return the second training camp is over - WE ALL KNOW IT!)
It might be newsworthy if Favre wasn't likely to return or it was a legitimate 50-50 decision, but he had an amazing season on a very talented team that made the NFC Championship game.
I've come up with my own Brett Favre Retirement Hypothesis - there are only two conditions that will result in Favre's eventual retirement and both conditions must be met for Mr. Favre to retire.
Condition No. 1 - Nobody in the league wants Brett Favre on their team. Favre will play for anybody. He played for the unproven Jets. Favre doesn't care about his legacy (if he did, then he never would have played for one of the Packers' rivals) as much as he cares about being in the news. I also believe Favre is extremely attached to the game to the point where he just doesn't know who he is as a person without football. As long as someone in the NFL wants Favre, then Favre will not retire. If nobody wants Favre, then he can't play.
Condition No. 2 - Favre's body breaks down to the point where he is incapable of playing the game. Maybe this doesn't happen until he is 47 years old, but we all know that No. 4 can't play forever. If Favre feels like he is healthy enough to play (and Condition No. 1 is met), then he will not retire.
Since Conditions Nos. 1 and 2 are met for the 2010 NFL season, then Favre is returning, but you already knew that since it has been reported on the NFL Network and ESPN 12 trillion times already.
A sidenote to Condition No. 1 is that as long as Brad Childress is coaching in Minnesota, I think he will want Favre. Minnesota didn't select a young quarterback in the 2010 NFL Draft, and even if they draft one in 2011, Childress will still want Favre to come back. And if Childress wants Favre to return after 2010, then Favre is going to give us the good ole' "I really don't know if I want to return to football or not" speech, but that will be bulls*** since he is desperate for attention.
There you have it - as long as the two conditions that I lined out are met, Brett Favre will always be in the NFL. The running theme in those two conditions is the only way Favre retires is if the game forces him to retire. He is completely incapable of doing so because he loves the media, the attention, and the game too much.