Favre leaning toward returning
In a story in posted on the Web site of the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun-Herald on Thursday, Favre said Saturday’s playoff game against Seattle could be his final game in Green Bay. But at the same time, he seemed more optimistic than in years past about returning.
“For the first time in three years, I haven’t thought this could be my last game,” Favre told the newspaper. “I would like to continue longer.”
Favre’s now-annual flirtation with retirement has taken on a life of its own in Wisconsin. He has taken weeks and even months in recent years to make his decision.
While it has been widely assumed that he would come back to play next season after having one of the best years of his career, Favre and Packers coach Mike McCarthy have said all season that the quarterback would wait until after the season was over to address the issue.
Favre’s favorite receiver, Donald Driver, said Wednesday that he hoped Favre would return.
“Oh, yeah. Of course,” Driver said. “I hope so. ... But I don’t know. I hope he comes back, but if not, he had a great career. I’m happy for that, and I’m glad I’m a part of it.”
Favre is not scheduled to speak to the media again before Saturday’s game. McCarthy will speak to reporters early Thursday afternoon.