The offseason leading up to the 2010 NFL football season is typically filled with drama from around the league. It appears as though this year will be no different. Once again, NFL fans will have to wait on a decision by Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre as to whether or not he will return for his 19th season.
Favre, who will turn 41 during the 2010 season, has been informed that he will require surgery on his left ankle in order to play this year. Now, he must contemplate on going through with the surgery or end his NFL career.
The Vikings quarterback told ESPN that he injured his ankle during the NFC Championship game against New Orleans last season and is continuing to experience pain and swelling. These problems led to tests to figure out why the ankle has not healed. Favre relayed the results of these tests to orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews who informed Favre that surgery was a must.
“We have spoken,” Favre said in an e-mail. “To play again, I would need the surgery, as I suspected. This decision would be easy if not for my teammates and the fans and the entire Vikings staff. One year truly felt like 10 — much like Green Bay for many years. That’s what I was missing in my heart I suppose, a sense of belonging.”
Recently, it seemed as though Favre was leading to retirement. Now, it seems as though he might be leaning towards a possible return. In a statement made on his website, officialbrettfavre.com, Favre alluded that there is more than his ankle injury that will weigh in on his decision to play in 2010.
“The ankle pain is a factor, but one of many factors that I’ll need to consider in making my decision,” Favre said in the statement. ” Other factors include the input of my family, and the wonderful experience that I had last year with the Vikings.”
Favre was in a similar situation a year ago. A shoulder injury that needed surgery before the beginning of last season was also a factor in Favre’s decision to return to football last year. He decided to play and went on to have the best statistical year in his career. His last pass, a crucial interception during the NFC Championship against the Saints, left him devastated and said after the game it was unlikely he would return.
The Vikings will enter next season with 14/1 odds, according to NFL sportsbooks, to win Super Bowl XLV in 2011. Vikings head coach Brad Childress said he has spoken with Favre a few times about the ankle injury, but once again has no idea whether or not he will return in 2010.
“I’m the same. I still don’t know. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, from the way back when.”