Let this be the first of hopefully very few Favre-Watch updates: Favre told ESPN's Ed Werder it was "highly unlikely" he'd play again.
Of course, when it comes to the potential retirement of Brett Favre(notes), there is no less reliable source than Brett Favre. You might as well head to your local toy store, pull the cord on a Teddy Ruxpin, ask him if Brett Favre is retiring and see what he says. The answer will be just as reliable.
I think the one thing we do know about Favre's retirement is that we won't know for sure until about Week 8 of the 2010 regular season. Say a few weeks pass he does announce his intention to retire. How do we know he won't get the itch again when everyone else is heading to training camp? Say the Vikings, under Tarvaris Jackson(notes) or Sage Rosenfels(notes), start 0-4. How do we know he won't decide then that he'd like to come back and save the team?
We don't. I really don't mean to kick the guy when he's down, but that's just the way things are now. Unless he also brings a hacksaw to his press conference and proceeds to sever his right arm in front of anyone, I just don't think we can take his word for much.
Still, his words remain newsworthy, and we have to treat them as such. Forgive me if I don't put much stock into them, though.
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