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Favre noncommittal on next season

NEW ORLEANS--Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre said after Sunday night's overtime loss in the NFC championship game that he hadn't decided whether he will retire or play next season for the Vikings.

Favre said he will take some time to think about the decision and consult with his family.

Favre played brilliantly all season, being selected to the Pro Bowl and finishing fourth in the NFL most valuable player voting. He had another good performance Sunday, throwing for 310 yards and a touchdown. He returned to the game after suffering an ankle injury in the third quarter.

But he also threw two interceptions, one of them in the final moments of regulation.

Vikings Coach Brad Childress said he was unsure about what Favre will do about next season.

"I told him to go home and lick your wounds," Childress said. "I'll do the same. No one wants to make a rash decision."

Saints safety Darren Sharper, Favre's former teammate with the Green Bay Packers, said he's guessing that Favre will play next season.

"I wanted to tell him after the game he should come back," Sharper said. "I think he should. He probably doesn't want to go out on that, throwing an interception on that last play. He's got 13 million reasons to come back, too."

Said Saints defensive end Will Smith: "You could tell he was hurting. He was barely making it to the huddle. He's 40 years old. But he's still got the arm of a 21-year-old."

By Mark Maske  |  January 25, 2010; 2:01 AM ET  | Category:  Vikings Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Brett will be back. He will play one preseason game as a tuneup then work his way through the schedule to the playoffs ,,,,did you say playoffs ? this time he will face the Washington Redskins and the jason Campbell offense where he will lose again only this time to a real defense . Puttin on the hits by the redskins ....

Posted by: terryreece | January 26, 2010 6:35 AM

Minnesota got to watch the MVP-caliber play of Favre. Now they must bear the drama queen shenanigans.
Posted by: JohninMpls | January 25, 2010 12:08 PM

You forgot
Peterson fumbled at the 10 Check
Berrian fumbled at the 10 Check
Vikings defense dropped 2 ints Check
Morelli fails to call a penalty under the infamous "Brady rule" Check
Morelli fails to call a penalty, late hit significantly after the play is 10 yards away. Check
Vikings players count themselves and realize they have 12 Check
You overanalyzed one play in a 60 minute game. Big Check

Posted by: Hank4 | January 25, 2010 3:47 PM

#2 from "Top 5 Reasons Why I Hate Brett Favre" by Jake Emen

"Everyone Else Gets the Screws - Brett Favre has continually given the screws to just about anybody he encounters. The Packers draft Aaron Rodgers, but Favre wants to keep on playing every year despite his earlier statements; Rodgers gets screwed. He finally retires then wants to come back, the Packers try to I don't know, field an actual football team, and take a huge P.R. hit by doing so; the Packers get screwed.

Favre's terrible end to the 2008 season costs the Jets a playoff spot and the coaches their jobs; Eric Mangini and co. get screwed. The Packers include a clause in Favre's trade to the Jets that if he ends up on an NFC North team like the Vikings, they receive draft picks. Favre retires, canceling out that clause, then ends up with the Vikings anyway; the Packers get screwed again. Favre goes to the Vikings and gets the starting slot handed to him; Tarvaris Jackson and the other Vikings' quarterbacks get screwed.

If twice is a coincidence and three times is a trend then five times has to be a scientific law of some kind. Multiply rumored retirements by scratchy-voice press conferences, and divide that by references in the media to a "gunslinger mentality" and you get number of players, coaches and teams screwed."

It is no coincidence that this guy ended up right where he wanted to be all along despite contractual commitments to Green Bay and the Jets. Does anybody doubt that his stories about retiring were conscious lies? Favre's play is generally great, but his behavior in dealing with teams and team mates leaves a lot to be desired. I don't root for the guy to get hurt, but I don't root for him to win either.

Posted by: kguy1 | January 25, 2010 3:18 PM

Warts and all; Brett Farve is the most entertaining and exciting player in the League. The fact is pro football is better off with him in the game, than not.

If you have followed his career, you will know that his competitive spirit is wholly unmatched by any player. Did it hurt to see him blow it? Bet your ass, but, Brett is probably the best QB the League has ever seen. He's the reason I watch. As long as he's healthy, I want him in the game.

Posted by: hadenuff1 | January 25, 2010 2:46 PM

If he licks too much, it'll cause a rash.

I think he's going to come play for the Redskins next year. Or the Nationals. I'm undecided.

Posted by: capecodner424 | January 25, 2010 1:51 PM

Vikings fans wanted Favre? Well, they got him, warts and all.

Playing injured? Check
Leading the team? Check
Throwing crucial INT? Check
Emotional postgame interview? Check
Postseason retirement waffling? Forthcoming

Minnesota got to watch the MVP-caliber play of Favre. Now they must bear the drama queen shenanigans.

Posted by: JohninMpls | January 25, 2010 12:08 PM

The media is relentless. Let him get a couple days to heal at least. We know you media types are gonna start the off season Brett soap opera soon enough.

Posted by: davefromdc1 | January 25, 2010 10:56 AM

It's hard to believe anyone would ask this man that question.

Posted by: pstotts15 | January 25, 2010 10:34 AM

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