Originally written on The Pack Mentality  |  Last updated 10/25/14
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Brett Favre is, undoubtedly, enjoying life while basking in the glow of early retirement. It's a life complete with a laid back high school football coaching gig and a lifetime supply of Wranglers. These days, when he's not making the rounds on award shows, Favre hunkers down among the immaculate magnolia pines and spry white tailed deer that dot his sprawling ranch down on the gateway to the bayou in balmy Mississippi. It's there where he was brought up, where he learned to raise hell, live fast and throw those 60-yard lasers that'd eventually turn him into an NFL legend. It's also where he'd so famously disappear to in the off season during his playing days- an escape from the media's intense scrutiny- and where in his later years he'd incessantly waffle about the future and contemplate those 'aw, shucks' back-breaking interceptions which ended so many promising seasons in a blink of an eye. Of course, we know how the story ended: a tearful retirement press conference and the end of an era. And then a a stunning about-face return to Green Bay which ended in a trade to the Jets. An eight win season was followed by yet another (less emotional) retirement press conference in the Big Apple. And, as we all recall, which was followed by a painful two-year stint with the hated Vikings. For many Packer fans who watched righteously as Favre lay crumpled on the frozen turf of the University of Minnesota's Target Field in 2010- his iron man 297 consecutive starts streak all but over- it was a fitting end to the career of a man who was once so beloved that many Wisconsinites prayed at his altar every Sunday rather than that of that man upstairs. So after all of that- after the Mason Dixon sized beatings he endured in those final three years in purple and all the drama and indecision- he couldn't possibly be persuaded to give the NFL another shot, could he? He wouldn't want to give the league and those now-vindicated Packer fans one long, last laugh at his expense, right? Well Bus Cook, his long-time agent, seems to think that's not out of the realm of possibility. "Today, he could play today," Cook said Monday night, via the Mobile Press-Register. "I saw him the other day. He's in the best shape I've ever seen him in, physically." Really. One has to wonder if this is just an attempt by an agent to drum up story lines for a player who has, by and large, started to fade from the spotlight. The reality is that Favre is 43. The chances of him being able to hold up to the physical demands and rigor- even on a limited scale- during an NFL season would be dim at best. Don't look for Favre to step off that Mississippi compound and onto another private jet down South anytime soon. Unless, perhaps now that he's started to patch things up with Ted and Mike, Rodgers somehow goes down way up North.
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