Favre passes on return to NFL with St. Louis
Brett Favre is two weeks removed from his 44th birthday and said this month during an appearance on an NFL pregame show that he was not considering ending his 3-year-old retirement.
That wasn’t enough to keep his name out of discussions by St. Louis Rams decision-makers this week as the team plotted to replace injured starter Sam Bradford.
“It’s flattering,” Favre told SportsTalk 570 in Washington on Thursday. “But there’s no way in hell I’m going to do that.”
Favre said he has had several conversations with head coach Jeff Fisher over the years. He also knows the Rams’ offense, having played one season with the New York Jets under Brian Schottenheimer, who is offensive coordinator in St. Louis.
“My family took a backseat for 20 years. My 14-year-old daughter plays volleyball and is in the ninth grade and will be playing again the next three years,” he said. “I’ve taken trips that I never thought I’d take. I’ve gone to Yellowstone and I’ve gone to Glacier National Park. We’ve gone down to the Bahamas, we’ve done things that really everybody in my family just kind of waited for.
The Rams signed veteran Brady Quinn and Austin Davis this week. Bradford was placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL. He was injured late in the Rams loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 7.
Favre’s agent said in September that the conditioning wouldn’t hold back Favre should he decide to make a comeback.
“Today, he could play today. I saw him the other day. He’s in the best shape I’ve ever seen him in, physically,” said Bus Cook at an event in Mobile, Ala. “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.”
The Rams promoted backup Kellen Clemens to the starting spot for Monday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Favre said he is not conditioning for a return. In his final season with the Vikings, Favre’s 297-game streak of consecutive games played was ended because of a shoulder injury. He missed three games and parts of three others.
“I’m like a yardstick, I’m so stiff,” Favre said. “So I’m just trying to — not stay in shape to play, but stay in shape to do everyday things, not only with my daughter and my wife and my grandson, but really just for me.”