Brett Favre – did you ever think that name would ever be raised again in the same breath as “return?” Well, we’ve been down that road before, but Favre’s agent, Bus Cook, has said the former NFL quarterback ‘could play’ in the NFL again.
That’s right. Cook was quoted in a story that appeared today in AL.com, saying that Favre was a physical specimen who could walk onto an NFL field and once again start flinging balls.
Brett Favre officially retired just weeks after the end of his twentieth season in 2010.
But as a guest speaker in Mobile, Ala., at the New Horizons Credit Union-1st & 10 Club meeting at Heron lakes Country Club, Cook had this to say:
“Today, he could play today. I saw him the other day. He’s in the best shape I’ve ever seen him in, physically. 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.”
Favre’s last season was a major disappointment compared to the season before when he led Minnesota to the NFC championship game against the New Orleans Saints. In his last season He threw 19 touchdowns compared to 11 interceptions and finished with his lowest completion percentage since 2006. Toward the “end” of his career he was a pretty beat up guy so it was easy for everyone to see why he was underperforming.
But Cook had plenty of good stories to spread about the legend. Here’s one that was published in the AL.com story:
“He made the game exciting to watch. He was going to throw it to somebody. It may not be who it was supposed to be, but somebody. And he just loved to play football. … He told a coach one time at the Pro Bowl, Joe Pendry … He said, ‘Coach, you see all those guys out there? If they’ll play for free I’ll play for free. I love it, I just absolutely love it. But if they’re going to get paid, I’m going to get paid for doing it too.”
“It was never about money with that guy. It was never about records. The one record he was most proud of was that consecutive starts. He said, ‘Because that tells everybody that I gave the man a day’s work for a day’s play and I got up and I went to work every day of my life.’ … He’s just a super guy, he really is.”
And while Cook tells a good story, he’s right about it all. Favre is a living legend in the NFL who should never be counted out. Probably the toughest QB to play the game, he gave the Packers a lot of great moments. Personally, I wouldn’t mind another return. The guy is flat out fun to watch.
I agree with Cook. With a couple years off to get healthy I would say it wouldn’t be a long shot for him to be able to perform better than many of quarterbacks in the league.
Though it’s good news Brett is in great shape, we shouldn’t count on a return. But we’ve all heard that before … who knows? It’s Brett Favre.
What do you think? Is this a crazy notion? Remember Vinny Testaverde? He played well into his 40s.