Brett Favre: 'I do not want to stir the pot'

Brett Favre remains firmly planted on the fence with training camp set to kick off in a month.

In an interview with Al Jones of the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald, Favre essentially lays out the pros and cons for returning for a 20th season in the NFL and a second with the Minnesota Vikings, a team he took within a game of the Super Bowl last season.

Favre had his ankle surgically repaired and that led most to believe a comeback was in the works. But Favre doesn’t want to constantly hear about the one that got away.

“I would love to go beat the Saints,” Favre told Jones. “I want to win every game that I play. People tell me all the time to go beat the Saints and redeem yourself.

“People said the same thing with Green Bay the year before. It was, ‘You have to go back and beat Green Bay.’ I don’t want to be in my 20th year and hear people say, ‘You have to redeem yourself.’ Like I said, I would love to go beat the Saints. But what if that doesn’t happen?

“I do know when it’s over, it’s over. I can’t play forever. It’s not like being a dentist or playing golf, I can’t play football forever.”

He’s sure trying. He also can’t put off deciding on whether he is going to play again forever. Minnesota coach Brad Childress visited him not too long ago. He told Favre to take his time. But the Vikings are going to need an indication, one way or the other, by mid-August, right? Also, imagine the distraction if the Vikings open training camp with Favre still riding the fence. What kind of message does that send to the rest of the team?

“I just don’t know. I do not want to stir the pot. If it (comment) comes from me, it’s a big deal,” he said. “At my age, all surgeries are major. The three I’ve had on the same ankle were considered minor, but major to me. It feels fine now.

“If my body was a wreck, the decision would be made. But that is not the case. I know they (Vikings) want to know. Hell, I want to know. But I am not going to press it. If I do not play, it does not cost the Vikings a dime. They keep the $13 million. I know they have confidence in the players they have. They had a chance to draft (Jimmy) Clausen (Notre Dame quarterback) in the first round, but they didn’t want one.”

They didn’t want one because they have been assuming, all along, that No. 4 will be returning.

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