April 04, 2008

Brett Favre, startled this morning to see the enormity of a report on a morning sports show that he might play football again, said he is not considering coming out of retirement.

"That's the last thing I'm thinking about,'' Favre told SI.com. "I have no idea where that came from, but it certainly didn't come from me. I'm happy about my decision and I haven't once said, 'I wonder if I made the wrong decision.' I know it's the right one.''

On Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported that Favre's agent, Bus Cook, was asking around the league to see if teams had any interest in trading for the 38-year-old Favre. Thursday night, Cook denied that he was trying to find teams that wanted Favre. When the news broke, Cook called Favre and told him people were sniffing around about Favre coming out of retirement, and Favre was surprised to hear that the story had gotten legs.

"It's crazy to me that I'm the guy they're all talking about, and the story is out there everywhere, and I have nothing to do with it,'' he said. "It's not something I'm thinking about. It's kind of funny. Even when I'm retired, they won't let me stay retired.''

This morning, he was driving from his 465-acre property in Hattiesburg, Miss., to a doctor near the Southern Mississippi campus. He thinks he has a hernia, suffered late in the season, and was going to see about getting it repaired. As he drove, he passed a sign that interrupted his thoughts on this story. "Hey, I'm passing a sign that says, 'Favre Tees. On Sale.' That's great, isn't it?''

Most days he eats breakfast at home with wife Deanna and daughter Breleigh, drives Breleigh to school and spends the day working on his property, mowing and edging and clearing land. "Deanna says I'm married to my property,'' he said. "I love working out there.''

At the NFL meetings this week, Green Bay GM Ted Thompson said he wanted to visit Favre in Mississippi after the draft. Thompson just wants to say thanks for everything, and to have some quiet time with him.

"Good,'' said Favre. "I'll put him to work.''

Favre said he doesn't miss the physical part of preparing for the season. Last year, he spent most of three months in the offseason working with a live-in trainer who got him in the best shape he'd been in for years. "Not once have I felt like working out and getting ready for football,'' he said. "I just don't miss it.''

But will he? That's something he can't know for sure. Only time will tell. In a rambling discourse about how he thinks he'll feel when the season starts and if he'll be tempted to play, he said, "I suppose anything could happen.'' But the reason that quote is not in the lead of this story is because it's an honest reflection of a man who won't try to predict the future. Ninety-nine percent of what he said in a 20-minute conversation was very much about football being in the rearview mirror. And he certainly would not want the Packers or any other team to line up, hoping he'd change his mind in August and come in to save a sorry quarterback situation.

"How will I feel in four months? Who knows? I'm sure I'll miss it on Sundays," Favre said. "But football's so much more than 16 Sundays. It's about all the other stuff -- the preparation, the off-field stuff. And I don't miss any of that.''

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