Brett Favre flattered by Rams offer, says 'no way' he'll play QB again
OCT 24, 2013 9:59a ET
Brett Favre is done playing in the NFL. No, really, he is.The St. Louis Rams tried to talk the 44-year-old Favre out of retirement, but he declined the offer, FOX Sports NFL Insider Alex Marvez confirmed. ESPN originally reported the story in which St. Louis sought out Favre through his agent, Bus Cook.
But Favre, who waffled many times on retirement, is staying retired this time.
According to the ESPN report, the Rams reached out to Cook on Sunday night after quarterback Sam Bradford was lost for the season with a knee injury.
Favre spoke to ESPN 570 radio in Washington on Thursday morning and said his final season in 2010 with the Minnesota Vikings showed him it was time to retire, and stay retired for good. Favre dealt with a shoulder injury, which eventually ended his consecutive-starts streak at 297 games, and threw 11 touchdowns to 19 interceptions in 13 games.
"I do watch games, (but) I don't watch them a lot," Favre said on the radio show. "I can honestly sit here and say I don't go 'I want to do that' or 'I feel like I could do that better.' I leave that up to other people. I think if anything the last year I played was an obvious, writing-on-the-wall vision for you, if you will. It was time. … When I left the NFL, it felt like I didn't need to stick around. I didn't need to be a part of it to feel like I had a purpose in life."
The three-time NFL MVP retired for good following the 2010 season, ranking first all-time in the league history in most passing categories including passing yards (71,838 yards) and passing touchdowns (508) over 20 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Vikings.
Asked about the Rams inquiry, Favre said: "It's flattering, but there's no way in hell I'm going to do that."
Instead, Favre is content spending time with his family.
"My family took a backseat for 20 years," Favre said. "My 14-year-old daughter plays volleyball and is in the ninth grade and will be playing again the next three years. I've taken trips that I never thought I'd take. I've gone to Yellowstone and I've gone to Glacier National Park. ... We've gone down to the Bahamas, we've done things that really everybody in my family just kind of waited for."
Farve famously contemplated retirement several times, including retiring in 2008 only to return to the NFL with the Jets. He came out of semi-retirement in 2009 and 2010 to play for Minnesota.
With his playing days over, Favre is a coach at Oak Grove High School in Mississippi. He was on NFL Network's pregame show Sunday.
"It took me 20 years, but I realized my 20th year that I didn't like getting hit," Favre said Sunday.
Favre said he still tries to stay in shape, but not playing shape.
"I'm like a yardstick, I'm so stiff," Favre said Thursday on the radio. "So I'm just trying to ... not stay in shape to play, but stay in shape to do everyday things, not only with my daughter and my wife and my grandson, but really just for me."
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