Quarterback Brett Favre is a man stuck in limbo, he just cant make up his mind rather to retire from professional football or not.
In fact Favre has flip flopped so many times on whether to retire or not that his former team the Green Bay Packers, where he had spent 16 seasons, cut him loose in a trade with the New York Jets prior to the start of the 2008 season.
He of course would go on to have a pretty decent season that year piloting the Jets to an 8-3 record and even throwing 6 touchdown passes in a game against the Cardinals, a career best.
However a shoulder injury would slight his prodcution after week 12 and the Jets would lose 4 of their last 5 games as Favre threw eight interceptions to only two touchdown passes.
Fast forward to the 2009 off-season.
It seemed imminent that Favre would retire considering the disastrous end to his 2008 season and given his advanced age of 39.
The Minnesota Vikings came calling however and Favre could not resist the chance to face his old Packer team and prove he still had what it took to play in the NFL.
So Favre donned the Viking uniform of purple and gold, the hated colors of the most un-liked team by Packer fans everywhere.
Some even said the Earth shook at that very exact moment.
Favre’s epic rise as a Minnesota Viking is by now well chronicled — 4, 202 yards passing, 33 touchdowns, 7 interceptions and a passer rating of 107.2 — leading them into the post season with a 12-4 record.
Whispers even surfaced that the wiley veteran was a consideration for the league MVP award after such a stellar season.
But then he met the Saints in the play-offs at the Super Dome for the NFC Championship, and no team was hotter than the Saints at the time.
In what is now considered one of the best play-off games of all times the Saints emerged victorious by forcing three turn overs (5 total) on a shocked Vikings squad to secure their first ever Super Bowl berth.
Favre however was battered severely during the game which once again prompted talks of retirement after such a physical contest.
It would come to light this off-season that his ankle would require surgery only furthering speculation he would indeed finally opt to end his storied career.
“I would love to go beat the Saints,” ”I want to win every game that I play. People tell me all the time to go beat the Saints and redeem yourself.
This is what Brett Favre told the Mississippi based Sun Herald newspaper when being interviewed about the possibility of his return for yet another season with the Vikings.
For Favre it must be bitter-sweet that such a fairy tale season ended so close to another Super Bowl berth, and not unlike his return in 2009 for a chance to play against the Packers it seems likely he will make a return in 2010 for a chance to beat the Saints.
I’m sure the Saints are more than ready to take on Favre perhaps one last time….or two…. or maybe three.