Could the Silver Fox be making his way back to an NFL sideline? Could that sideline actually be up in Green Bay, where he became a Hall of Fame quarterback with the Packers? According to Brett Favre himself, it appears to be possible.
Favre, now 47 years old and seven years removed from his final NFL playing days, is apparently considering making another comeback to the NFL. This time, though, he’s thinking about trading in his cleats for a headset — or even a suit.
Speaking on ESPN Wisconsin’s Wilde & Tausch show, Favre admitted that getting back into the NFL in some capacity is something that he’s thought about recently. After retiring, Favre coached for two years at Oak Grove High School in his hometown of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He told Wilde and Tausch that he regained his old competitive spirit while coaching high school ball. He even thinks that competitive fire would be there if he joined a front office instead of a coaching staff:
“I think the competitive spirit would be there,” Favre said. “It’s just different because there’s such a business side to it. I don’t know if I would have that in me. Picking good players is always in art — and some do it better than others — and there’s some luck involved and things like that. But, yeah, it’s crossed my mind, just like coaching has.”
Of course, just about any NFL franchise would love to have a football mind as experienced and wily as Favre’s, and that’s even considering his “gunslinger” ways that often times got him in trouble on the football field. Over his 16 year NFL career, Favre threw for 508 touchdowns, though he did also throw away 336 interceptions. He was as tough as they came, though, known for playing through just about any type of injury over his 16 years in Green Bay. Things got tougher on him the older he got and he did rub plenty of fans — and the organization — the wrong way when he retired but then decided to come back, but even though he was traded to the Jets and then went on to play for Green Bay’s arch-rival, the Minnesota Vikings, he’ll go down in NFL history as a Packer — and there’s very little that will change that.
In fact, his Packers’ legacy will only grow if he makes his way back to the NFL, because Green Bay is a place he’d love to be.
“I would say, I’d never say never. I believe that would be a dream job, working as a coach there or in some form of administration,” Favre said. “I don’t know, and I don’t want to create a stir [by talking about it], because who knows? But I would say, ‘Never say never.’
Favre went on to say that he doesn’t want to waste his football knowledge, but for right now, he’s focused on supporting his daughter Breleigh, who’s a freshman volleyball player at Southern Miss., where he played football.
He’s had a history of waffling, but if that statement is true, he likely won’t head back to the NFL for four or five more years.