For at least 3 years prior to Brett's first retirement there was the "will Brett retire" dance. After the 2007 season this is pretty much what happened:
Pack: Brett, c'mon man. we do this every year. It's getting old. Make up your mind for everyone
Brett: Well, right now, in March, I think I'll retire.
Press conference, I've love Green Bay. We loved you too Brett. You're the best. No, you're the best
August rolls around
Brett: Man, I know I retired, but it's time for camp. I miss the guys, and playing. I'm not retiring.
Pack: OK, but you have to win the job.
Brett: S'cuse me? I'm Brett f'n Favre. It's my job.
Pack: Negative - you have to win it. Canton bound or not.
Brett: That's BS. Brett Favre don't carry a clipboard. I'm playing.
Pack: Not if you don't win it.
Brett: 3 MVPs, and a Superbowl ring. My job.
Pack: All 10 years old. You have to win it.
Brett: Might as well trade me, cuz' the ol gunslinger is playin'
Pack: OK, but not in the division. You're going to the Jets.
2008 rolls on. Brett's a Jet. Good start, bad finish.
Brett: My arm hurts. I'm retiring - for real this time.
Vikings: Not so fast. Think about it. We're not in a hurry. Jackson.....he's not good.
Brett: Alright I'll think about it.
Vikings: Too bad about the end in Green Bay. We feel terrible for you.
Brett: Thanks man. Chilly, you're alright, and I know Darrell from back in the day. Remember my 3 MVPs?
Vikings: Hellz yeah
Brett: Alright. I'm playing.
Brett tears it up in 2009, but Brett's away the Conference Title against the Saints.
Brett has a forgettable 2010, and A-Rod leads the Pack to SuperBowl LXV.
He want to keep playing, and prove he had it. Nothing more than that. Favre haters need to get over it all.
Brett Favre's number #4 should be retired. The same as Bart Starr's #15. Just like #15 though, #4 should wait until he's enshrined in Canton. Not out of spite, but because that's the Packer way.