Quarterback Brett Favre is reportedly retiring again. This makes the 38th third time Favre is walking away from the NFL.
Multiple reports say the 40-year-old Favre has informed the Minnesota Vikings that he will not return for the 2010 season. Neither Favre nor the team will confirm the reports,but a statement is expected sometime Tuesday.
ESPN is reporting that Favre has sent a rather cryptic text messages to teammates saying, "This is it."
However, since Favre has come and gone so many times, Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs probably speaks for everyone when he said, "I won't believe it until I see Tarvaris Jackson (the Vikings number 2 quarterback) starting against us."
The Favre retirement saga began following the 2007 season when he tearfully retired after a legendary career with the Green Bay Packers. However, he quickly reconsidered and was traded to the New York Jets.
After a so-so 2008 campaign with the Jets, Favre retired again. But then he changed his mind yet again and signed with the Vikings.
Favre had a tremendous year with the Vikings -- one of the best of his 19-year career, leading the team to the NFC Championship game against the New Orleans Saints. He hurt his ankle in that game and required surgery but still sent signals throughout the off season that he would return to Minnesota for a second season.
But those signals were nothing but smoke, apparently. So if the reports are true, Favre is truly done this time. Really. But he could change his mind again in a week, so stay tuned.