Brett Favre Tells Sports Illustrated He Can Still Play In The NFL At Age 45

Posted: Jun 30 2015, 8:19pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News


Brett Favre Tells Sports Illustrated He Can Still Play In The NFL At Age 45
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  • Brett Favre told Sports Illustrated's Greg Bishop he can still play in the NFL at the age of 45.

Former Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre told Sports Illustrated on June 30 he feels he can still play at the age of 45.

Brett Favre believes he can still play in the National Football League. 

This was what Favre told Sports Illustrated's Greg Bishop on June 30:

"I think I could play. As far as throwing. Of course, we're not trying to start some he's-coming-out-of-retirement deal.

"Do I think I could play and lead a team? Look, no. But I could play. I could make all the throws I made before, I just couldn't throw it near as far, but that never matters anyway."

Favre is featured on this week's cover of Sports Illustrated's "Where Are They Now?" issue. He is wearing his No. 4 Green Bay Packers jersey in that cover photo. Green Bay will retire that number and induct him into its Hall of Fame on July 18, per ESPN's Rob Demovsky. 

It will be Favre's first time to touch base with the Packers since they traded him to the New York Jets in 2008. It will also mark his first apperance at Lambeau Field dating back to his days as the quarterback of the Packers' NFC North nemesis, the Minnesota Vikings, in 2009 and 2010, per ESPN. 

Favre revealed in the Sports Illustrated interview (via ESPN) the much-ballyhooed feud between himself and the Packers could have been avoided had he had more time to mull his decision to retire in 2007.

"Had I, I would have come back and played," Favre quipped. "The drama would have been avoided."

Favre also discussed his role with Oak Grove High School (Ms.), where he served as the football team's offensive coordinator two years ago, with Bishop (via

"I'll go up to the high school and help out occasionally. I'll throw with them or something, or we'll work on different stuff. When I pick up a ball, I'm thinking I'm right back in the Super Bowl. I can throw it 50 yards as well as anyone. But it used to be 80. 

"I just want to hide on my property (in Lamar County) and not do anything."

Current Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers told Demovsky on June 14 he won't be able to attend Favre's jersey retirement ceremony next month due to a previous commitment. Rodgers will be at the American Century Classic celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nv. 

However, when Favre's No. 4 jersey is raised to the Lambeau Field facade on Thanksgiving Day, Rodgers told Demovsky he will be there. 

"I'm going to be there when they retire his number," Rodgers said. 

Favre took some time to visit the Vikings' practice facility in early June. Back then, he told The Minneapolis Star Tribune's Sid Hartman he's impressed with Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater:

"I think (Bridgewater) had a really good year, for a rookie, I thought he had a really good year. I thought he played exceptional in college (at Louisville). I had a chance to meet him here at Winter Park a couple of days ago. 

"I was very impressed with him. I'm impressed with his skills and the way he handled himself his first year. So I look forward to bigger and better things from him.

"I think you have to win the support of your guys, and I'm not saying he hasn't done that, in the face of adversity, which he'll have. I think he has done a good job of that. He has to show that he is the leader and he can make those plays when needed." 

Favre also praised the Vikings for how they treated him in his two seasons with the team, per Hartman:

"I was treated first-class, the whole organization as well as the players were just awesome, as well as the fans. For being a hated rival for so long and to some back as the home team, and being a part of that, it was a really special time in my career." 

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Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.




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