Quarterback Brett Favre is coming out of retirement to play for the Minnesota Vikings after all, the three-time NFL MVP said on Tuesday.
The 39-year-old Favre, who three weeks ago told Minnesota he had decided to remain retired after negotiations to join them, signed a two-year contract with the Vikings and was on their practice field on Tuesday wearing his familiar No. 4.
“I felt I could offer experience and leadership,” Favre told a news conference. “I didn’t want to look back and didn’t want to say what if.”
Terms were not announced, although it was widely reported the contract was worth US$25 million.
Favre had announced his retirement after playing last season with the New York Jets following 16 seasons with the Green Bay Packers.
He said he changed his mind when given a last chance in a telephone call on Monday from head coach Brad Childress.
Favre said when he had postseason surgery to repair a torn bicep, it was discovered he had a slight tear in the rotator cuff of his throwing shoulder.
That gave him pause about his playing future, Favre said, though he has been told by doctors there was a good chance he could deal with that injury.
“We all know there are no guarantees,” he said. “But I feel pretty good. Good enough to feel confident I can make the throws I have to make.”
This marked Favre’s second successive year where he had a change of heart about retirement.
Before joining the Jets, Favre also said he was retiring after leading the Packers to the playoffs.
Last season Favre earned his 10th career Pro Bowl berth as he completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 3,472 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Favre holds many NFL records including most career touchdown passes (464), most yards gained passing (65,127) and most wins by a quarterback (169). He also owns the mark for most consecutive starts for a quarterback (291, including playoff games).
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