Brett Favre is coming back … as a college football announcer

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With Week 3 of the 2011 season approaching, you knew it wouldn't be long before our old buddy Brett Lorenzo Favre got himself back in the news. He did so on Friday, but not quite in the way you might expect. The oft retired and unretired Favre is not coming back to the NFL in any sort of quarterbacking capacity — instead, he's leaving the comforts of his Hattiesburg, Miss., compound to help with the television broadcast of the Oct. 1 game featuring Southern Mississippi and Rice.

The game is set to be broadcast exclusively on Comcast Sports Southeast, though we suspect there might be a way to get it into a few more hou$ehold$.

According to College Football Talk, Favre may try to sneak in another tear-filled retirement press conference when his next broadcasting assignment is announced. Favre left the Minnesota Vikings after a 2010 season that saw him frequently hurt and trying to run an ineffective offense. We're just hoping he doesn't get confused and accidentally retires from broadcasting by mistake…

"I'm excited to be back at Southern Miss with the Golden Eagles," Favre told the Hattiesburg American. "I'm not committing to a new career in broadcasting, but just wanted to support Southern Miss and check out the view from the press box. It should be fun and I hope the fans enjoy it."

Of course, Favre set all kinds of records for Southern Miss when he played for them from 1988 through 1990.

"This is a great opportunity for Southern Miss to welcome back one of its favorite sons," said Southern Miss president Dr. Martha D. Saunders. "Brett is a popular guy at our university. I know our students and alumni will enjoy having him associated with this game."

Yeah, it's fairly safe to say that the older Favre is a "popular guy" at the university. In his first year there, Southern Miss went 10-2 and beat Texas-El Paso in the Independence Bowl. After a disappointing 1989 campaign, the team came back for an 8-4 record in 1990 and a trip to the All-American Bowl, where they lost to North Carolina State.

(Side note: Remember when bowl games didn't have 25 corporate sponsors you had to name? Yeah, me neither.)

Anyway, Favre completed 55.4 percent of his passes in college for 6,772 yards, 39 touchdowns and 22 picks. And that got him picked in the second round of the 1991 draft by the Atlanta Falcons. The Green Bay Packers traded for him the next year, and the rest is well-documented history.

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Just as Favre isn't committing to a career in the broadcast booth (of course), he most certainly hasn't made much noise about a return to football on the field. This might just be a little break in the tedium for him, but as much as Favre's on-again/off-again relationship with the game and ceaseless need for drama has been annoying at the best of times, I always thought he'd be a dynamite color analyst. He's very smart, quick on his feet, he knows the game, and he's a funny guy full of football anecdotes.

If he decides to do that more full time, it could be interesting and fun for him ... and for us..

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