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Brett Favre returns: 'As well as I played, it wasn't enough'

This is running transcript of Favre's press conference. Quotes are not in their entirety. Favre is a classic rambler -- and my fingers are typing as quickly as they can.

Brett Favre eliminated any shred of doubt that may have lingered: he has rejoined the Minnesota Vikings for his 20th season in the NFL.

"As well as I played last year, it wasn't enough," said Favre, who is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, in a press conference in Eden Prairie, Minn.

"Believe me, when I left New Orleans [after the Vikings lost in the NFC Championship game], a big part of me was -- I don't want to say done, [but] the toll that it takes...everyone wants to talk about the physical toll ... but the mental toll is what's really hard to deal with."

After getting so close to a Super Bowl berth and with a visit from Vikings teammates Steve Hutchinson, Jared Allen and Ryan Longwell earlier this week, Favre made up his mind to play again.

"A lot of teams can say thy have a legitimate chance and this is one of those teams. But answering the bell ... my wife always says I look at things [more] negatively than I should but what happens if I can't answer the bell? ... Physically ... it's hard to believe I say this every year but I can't complain. There's nothing on me that's 100 percent. I've played 390 straight games. I can't complain."

Favre underwent surgery on his ankle in May and his slow recovery fed his indecision about whether to play again. Saying repeatedly, "I can't complain" and reminding reporters that he's an almost 41-year-old grandfather, Favre called his ankle injury "chronic" and said that walking isn't the problem. "It's playing football." His arm, though, "is great."

Although reports from three weeks ago had Favre texting teammates that he'd retire. the arrival of the three Vikings was not the pivotal moment. It was the buildup of messages Favre was receiving, including a billboard fans bought in his Hattiesburg, Miss., hometown.

"Even though I don't owe them something, maybe I should just try to get it one more try," Favre said of his thought process. "It doesn't help when I'm driving home in Hattiesburg and there's billboards popping up saying we love you and we want you back.

"The things I was hearing, the things I was reading, the billboards I was passing...I owe it to this organization to give it one more try. I have no idea how it will pan out, but I''ll give it my best. ... I can't give any guarantees. The way I played last year, I set the bar high. I didn't do myself any favors."

Naturally, Favre was asked about his plans for next year. "Twenty years and I'm done. This is the last year of my contract."

Of course, next season there may well be a lockout and, with some time to rest ... nah, he wouldn't change his mind.

By Cindy Boren  |  August 18, 2010; 2:46 PM ET
Categories:  Brett Favre , NFL  
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well now the world can get a good nights sleep.

Posted by: fever2211 | August 18, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

So tired of this...someone make this man go away...I am big NFL fan -- the NFL will be just fine with Favre retired!!!

Posted by: Political_Stratgst | August 18, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you both. No one is wearier than I ... and yet I'm glad he's back. Did you see that game in which they had a Favre cam that followed just him? It was mesmerizing. Chris Rukan, one of our designers, and I could not look away. We could scarcely blink.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | August 18, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Brett is correct.
He played well, but not well enough against the Saints. Same as he played while in Green Bay when losing annually in January to Dallas 3-4 times, then when losing to Denver in the super Bowl.

and when he did win the SB, Desmond Howard was game MVP, as he didn't play well enough to get the game MVP.

So Brett, u r correct

Posted by: morrisday1 | August 18, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm just giddy with excitement!

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | August 18, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I've been tired of Brett Favre since he took the dive in front of Michael Strahan. He always has to make it "about him" and is one of those "attention-aholics." Even when he does finally retire and we can get rid of him once and for all, it's guaranteed he'll do something every year to bring attention back to himself. Then there will be the several games they'll lose this year because he'll try and try to make some ridiculous play on the off chance that it does connect -the announcer will say something stupid like only Brett Favre can make that play. Good riddance.

Posted by: AsstGM | August 18, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

So when is the media going to check to see if this player has passed a drug test for steroids?

Posted by: billsyr | August 18, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

He has gone from hero to goat with all the retirements. The guy just is a drama queen. He will be carried off the field for the last time and it won't be on his teammates shoulders. To bad!

Posted by: Woodstocknative | August 18, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

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