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Brett Favre stumps for Mississippi senator Thad Cochran in political ad

Eric Edholm
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Brett Favre was fond of hinting to interviewers late in his career, after dozens of flirtations with retirement during his playing career, that after he left the NFL he wouldn't be heard from much.

So much for that idea.

We've seen Favre — and his seemingly ever-growing beard — do some radio and TV work, albeit in only small doses, and he has served as a coach for Oak Grove (Miss.) High School. Now Favre is entering the political arena.

Don't worry: He's not running for Congress. But Favre did throw his support behind incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi, who finds himself in a tight Republican primary race with state Senator Chris McDaniel.

"I've learned through football that strong leadership can be the difference between winning and losing," Favre says. "And when it comes to our state's future, Mississippi can win — and win big — with Thad Cochran as our strong voice in Washington."

Mind you, Favre is delivering this message to the voters while apparently taking a few minutes out of his schedule as a golf course maintenance man. Yes, Favre is sitting on a truck that Carl Spackler might have driven.

"Whether it's getting critical funding for our schools, Thad Cochran always delivers," Favre continues, "just like he did during Katrina."

That sure paints Cochran as a swell and clutch guy.

On June 24, I encourage you to stand with a proven and respected leader — Thad Cochran," Favre says. "Please tell your family and friends, 'Let's stand with Thad.'"

Now comes the question ... would Favre ever run for office? With Brett, you never can put it past him, although his future advisers might request a shave first.

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