Time to Say Goodbye, Brett Favre

Time to Say Goodbye, Brett Favre Don't get me wrong. Brett Favre is one of the NFL's all-time great quarterbacks. He was tough, he was a winner and he was awfully fun to watch.

But isn't the coverage of this guy getting a little ridiculous?

After more waffling than a Twin Cities IHOP this NFL offseason, Favre (er, Fav-ruh) told the Vikings on Tuesday that he will remain retired and will not join the team for its training camp.

Interestingly, Favre did tell former QB coach and current NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci that he intends to keep throwing and working out.

Still, he's said it's "very unlikely" he'll change his mind about playing again in the NFL.

Curiously, Favre later mentioned to SI.com that he could be enticed to play at some point this season.

"I really believe this is it," Favre told Peter King. "I truly, truly believe it's over. But if someone calls Nov. 1, who knows?''

Ugh. Way to instigate another three months worth of overanalysis and unbridled speculation.

First, there's sure to be a more thorough investigation of Favre's comments. You know that before too long, ESPN will be interviewing an acoustics expert who studied the pitch of his voice in his most recent interview.

Next, there will be a University of Wisconsin kinesiology professor breaking down his throwing motion based on frame-by-frame video clips from his offseason training sessions in Mississippi.

Maybe his shoulder surgeon will be given a polygraph test.

When the NFL season finally kicks off in mid-September, you know a quarterback or two will really struggle. A couple might go down with injuries. That's when the rumors will start up again:

"Gray in Favre's Beard Matches Silver and Black: QB May Be Headed to Raiders."

"Favre Has Layover in Detroit Metro Airport. Could He Be Joining Lions?"

"Favre's Wife Reported to Like Palm Trees: Dolphins an Option."

"After Visiting Daughter in Charleston, S.C., Could Panthers Be Next for Favre?"

And thank goodness these rumors will continue to fly. It'll give ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Ed Werder something to do for the next 90-plus days.

And Packers fans are ticked. A Madison, Wisc., store is selling green and yellow shirts with Favre's face on them and a message for the franchise's former QB: "We'll never forget you Brent." The name blunder is intentional.

"Now people are really mad with him," the store manager told the Wisconsin State Journal.

Honestly, no one knows if the future Hall of Famer will play another down in the NFL. I don't think he knows, himself.

But for the love of all that's holy, Brent — er, Brett — please let your next headlines come from on-field exploits.

Because at this point, lots of fans actually do want to forget you.

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