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The 39-year-old quarterback turned his back on retirement for the second time in as many years, agreeing Tuesday to play for the Vikings.

Favre took a morning flight on a team plane from Mississippi to Minnesota, arrived to cheering fans outside the team's practice facility and was in a helmet and pads less than 90 minutes later. His red practice jersey was the familiar No. 4, the same number he wore for years with rival Green Bay.

This is Favre's second comeback. A year ago, he came out of a short retirement to join the Jets.

Favre had arthroscopic surgery to fix his throwing shoulder in May and three weeks ago told Coach Brad Childress he would stay retired. The Vikings wrapped up training camp last week -- Favre was never a big fan of training camp -- and beat Indianapolis 13-3 in their preseason opener Friday.

His zinger of an arm and toughness in the pocket are a combination few possess. With an offense, he claims, he could operate in his sleep, Favre seems to fit well with Minnesota -- especially given the Vikings' problems finding a reliable quarterback since Childress took over in 2006.

Favre has wrestled with retirement for most of this decade and the will-he-or-won't-he saga became an annual offseason drama for the Packers. In Green Bay, the latest news elicited a few shrugs, little more.

Favre's tearful goodbye news conference, in March 2008, came after Green Bay traded him to the Jets when he tried to come back, only to learn the Packers were committed to Aaron Rodgers. Favre started strong in New York, but faded down the stretch amid problems with his throwing arm and, with another "I'm done" announcement, headed for his second retirement.

And yet here comes Favre, who turns 40 in October and said last month he didn't think he had enough left to get through a full season.

"I had to be careful not to commit for the wrong reasons," Favre said then. "I'm 39 with a lot of sacks to my name."

He has a lot of interceptions to his name, too, more than any other quarterback in NFL history. The last time Favre appeared in the playoffs -- a bitter loss at Lambeau Field by the Packers to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship game following the 2007 season -- he put up one of his worst performances in recent memory.

By Cindy Kagan  |  August 18, 2009; 4:11 PM ET  | Category:  Brett Favre , Coaching , Green Bay Packers , Minnesota Vikings , New York Jets , Quarterbacks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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