Brett Favre, at age 45, says he could still play in the NFL

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Brett Favre: 'I think I could play'
Monday June 29th, 2015

Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre told Sports Illustrated's Greg Bishop that he believes he could still play in the league. 

Favre is on the cover of this week's SI, the annual "Where Are They Now?" issue. 

At age 45, Favre has been out of the NFL for more than four years. He announced his retirement multiple times before finally walking away from the game for good in 2011 after two years with the Minnesota Vikings

“I think I could play,” Favre said. “As far as throwing. Of course, we’re not trying to start some he’s-coming-out-of-retirement deal.”

“Do I think I could play and lead a team? Look, no. But I could play. I could make all the throws I made before, I just couldn't throw it near as far, but that never matters anyway.” 

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Favre told Bishop that he can still throw a football 50 yards, which is about 30 fewer than at he could at the peak of his career.

In September 2013, Favre's agent, Bus Cook, told that Favre could still play in the league and said the quarterback was in the best shape he'd ever seen him.

A month later, reported that the St. Louis Rams called Favre asking if he'd be willing to come out of retirement following a season-ending knee injury to Sam Bradford. Favre declined the offer.

Mark Tucker for Sports Illustrated

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