Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre officially retired after the 2010 season, and fans were finally able to enjoy their offseason. No more minute-by-minute accounts of Favre contemplating retirement. NFL fans were free from watching Favre practice with high school kids in Mississippi as he prepared for the upcoming season. General managers were finally able to have their dignity back.
Now Bus Cook, Favre’s agent, is bringing everyone back to 2008.
AL.com writer Tommy Hicks reported an observation Cook made as a guest speaker in Mobile, Alabama, on Monday. As a warning, this could get ugly:
"Today, he could play today,'' Cook said Monday night before his appearance as guest speaker at the New Horizons Credit Union-1st & 10 Club meeting at Heron lakes Country Club. "I saw him the other day. He's in the best shape I've ever seen him in, physically.
"His arms look like a blacksmith's arms. He rides a bike probably 30-50 miles a day. He runs four or five miles a day. He's coaching at the high school and they're undefeated. He loves it. His body fat is 7.5 percent and he weighs 225 pounds. He could play today, better than a lot of them out there today.''
Cook, what have we done to you?
The Tim Tebow soap opera replaced Favre’s annual retirement novella. Many people are happy both storylines are finally over, even if there are a few fans in Jacksonville holding out hope for Tebowmania.
Cook did not say the 43-year-old Favre was entertaining a return, but for those catching flashbacks right now, it would have been nice of him to reiterate that before ESPN’s Ed Werder camps out on the quarterback’s front lawn.
OK, let’s calm down. It was just an observation. Even though Steve DeBerg was a Falcons backup at 44 in 1998, Favre is not one to seek attention, right? He would not retire and then come back again, right? It is not like Favre is probably better right now than Jacksonville’s Blaine Gabbert, Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden, Tampa Bay’s Josh Freeman or Minnesota’s Christian Ponder, right?
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