Favre returns to Super Bowl for NFL Network

Brett Favre is returning to the NFL – to work for the NFL

Network.

The retired three-time NFL MVP quarterback will join the

network’s crew for daylong coverage of Sunday’s league championship

game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.

Favre hasn’t been heard from much since retiring after the 2010

season. He returns to the city where he led the Green Bay Packers

to a 35-21 win over New England in the 1997 Super Bowl.

”I don’t miss the grind and stress of day-to-day football, but

I do miss my teammates and coaches,” Favre said in an email to The

Associated Press.

He chose to appear on ”NFL GameDay Morning” because he could

work with friends such as Steve Mariucci, Deion Sanders and Warren

Sapp, and because the game is in New Orleans.

”Players and coaches who I have great memories of, and to do it

from the field where I won a Super Bowl was a tough combination to

pass up,” Favre said. ”Between my appearance on NFL Network and

my work with Virtual Fan Network, a new digital sports marketing

company, it will be great to reconnect with NFL fans around the

Super Bowl.”

Favre will join host Rich Eisen and several Super Bowl-winning

players, including Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner and Sanders.

”There aren’t too many retired athletes who continue to attract

the attention and draw that Brett Favre does, and NFL Network is

thrilled to have him,” said Eric Weinberger, executive producer of

NFL Network. ”Brett should give our viewers some unique insight

and analysis into the game and his life away from the field.”

Favre left the NFL in 2010 after two aborted retirements. He

starred for the Packers from 1992-2007, leading them to two Super

Bowls. He played the 2008 season with the Jets, then was with

Minnesota in 2009-10 – losing the `09 NFC title game at the

Superdome to the Saints.

He spent much of 2012 playing fantasy football, finishing next

to last in his league.

Asked if more announcing is ahead, Favre wasn’t sure.

”I don’t see it anytime soon but that interest may change in

the future,” he said. ”I think being involved in the Super Bowl

was too much to pass up.”

Favre wasn’t about to pick the Niners or Ravens to win. His work

with San Francisco-based Virtual Fan Network has allowed him to see

the 49ers more closely.

”I think both teams are good and very deserving of being in the

Super Bowl,” Favre said. ”Both are very well coached and have

great story lines. ”I have probably followed the 49ers more

closely, and the way Colin is playing makes me think they have the

advantage.

”But I am not going to make a prediction.”