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Brett Favre on reported offer from St. Louis Rams: ‘There’s no way in hell’


A report filed by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter claims that the St. Louis Rams, upon learning that the team had lost Sam Bradford to a season-ending knee injury during a 30-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, reached out to Brett Favre to gauge his interest in joining the squad.

Of course, this report was met with the usual hoopla, hype and in some cases, gnashing of teeth and consternation that every “Possible Brett Favre Comeback” report has been met with over the past few years, stretching back to when he played football footsie with the Minnesota Vikings in consecutive seasons before ultimately joining the team.

Favre is now 44 years old, a grandfather and hasn’t played an NFL game since December of 2010 when he was scraped off the turf during a game against the Chicago Bears. And while we can never say never when it comes to the chances of Brett Favre deciding that, yes, he would like to just go out and have fun out there by doing some gun-slinging of the old pigskin, it sure seemed like Favre was well into enjoying his retirement, rested, relaxed and happy.

And while it provided for interesting talk show and blog fodder to speculate if Favre actually would consider an NFL gig should one be presented to him, despite the reportedly excellent shape he is in at this stage of his life, his comments during a radio interview on Thursday sure indicate that his playing days are long behind him.

Telling Jon Saraceno and Andy Pollin during an interview with Washington’s 570 Sports Talk (via The Washington Post) that a couple of teams have contacted him, he’s done. Finished. He has ridding off the gridiron and into the sunset on a John Deere tractor.

“It’s flattering,” Favre said, “but there’s no way in hell I’m going to do that.”

Aw shucks. Favre went on to say he is more than content watching football on television, coaching high school football, and even though he didn’t say it, just sitting back and watching the grass grow while continuing to break-in an already broken-in pair of Wranglers. At least I imagine Favre enjoying such a tranquil activity.

“I do watch games, [but] I don’t watch them a lot,” Favre said, according to a New York Post report. “I can honestly sit here and say I don’t go ‘I want to do that’ or ‘I feel like I could do that better.’ I leave that up to other people. I think if anything the last year I played was an obvious, writing-on-the-wall vision for you, if you will. It was time.  … When I left the NFL, it felt like I didn’t need to stick around. I didn’t need to be a part of it to feel like I had a purpose in life.”

So there you have it. Consider this the last time you hear Brett Favre’s name mentioned related to any NFL team desperately hoping to fill a quarterbacking vacancy.

At least until the next one.