Brett Favre’s return for another season is “highly unlikely, but it has been an awesome year,” the Minnesota Vikings quarterback told ESPN’s Ed Werder after the Vikings’ loss to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.
Favre, who returned to the NFL from retirement with the goal of leading the Vikings to a championship, fell just short when his pass with seconds left in regulation was intercepted. The Saints won in overtime to advance to the franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl.
Favre also told Werder before the game that not one Vikings player had inquired about his future because they were so focused on the game.
Favre wasn’t quite ready to make a decision on his future immediately following the loss, but he said he wouldn’t take long to make his plans known this time.
“Just wondering if I can hold up, especially after a day like today,” Favre said after throwing for 310 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. “Physically and mentally. That was pretty draining. I am going to go home, a couple of days and just talk it over with the family.”
After Sunday’s game, Favre staggered to the podium, an abrasion between his eyes, welts on his forehead and tears in his eyes from the beating he took at the hands of the Saints and the realization that his quest to get back to Super Bowl fell just short again.