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Favre Needs Time To Ponder Future


Certainly Brett Favre has seen better days than the one he had Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. The only question is whether or not there are going to be better days ahead of him as the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers.

Favre has had to answer questions regarding retirement the last couple of seasons and sooner or later, it will be time to hang it up for the 35-year old gunslinger. At this point, however, even Favre doesn't know when that time will come.

After the Packers' disappointing 31-17 defeat to the Vikings, Favre said he will think things over and hopefully come up with the best decision for him and his family. Certainly, it's a decision that all Favre fans will await, including the Packers organization.

"I think they have to know some things," Favre said in regard to his plans. "I will try to make my decision within their time frame and I do not know what that is right now."

For all the great feats Favre has become known for, perhaps none shines brighter than his passion for the game. Going out on a losing note would no doubt bother a fierce competitor like Favre and he admitted that his four interceptions against the Vikings were tough to swallow.

"I expect more out of myself, obviously," Favre explained. "I was prepared to play this game, how could I not be? We just played them two weeks ago. Our team was prepared. They (the Vikings) were prepared too.

"I knew it would be difficult, and I give them credit but it was disappointing. We have been down this road before and I don't know if that makes it easier or worse but I wish them the best of luck. But I sure wish we could have went on and seen what we could have done."

Although his future may be uncertain, the reason Favre plays the game is no mystery.

"I told Mike Sherman just now that if I do come back I want it to be for the right reasons," Favre said. "I don't know how much I am expected to be paid next year but I hope that Brett Favre does not come back to play for the money. I have never done that before and I don't anticipate doing it.

"If I come back, I want to do it for the right reasons and that's to lead this team to a Super Bowl and to give everything that I can possibly give and I have done that to this point."

Favre and the Packers have battled their share of adversity on the field this season. Yet, it's the off the field matters - including his wife Deanna's battle with breast cancer - that concern Favre at this point.

"My wife has gone through some difficult times and continues to, and so that is going to play into my decision-making," Favre said.

"I know if my family was up here right now they would say, 'He's coming back, we are not going to let him go out like that.' And I would expect them to do that but I also have to be fair to them too and they're going to be involved."

For now, Favre said he is going back to Mississippi to get a little rest and get away from the grind of the past season, although he knows that is always easier said than done.

"Unfortunately, I will probably think about this game until whenever, and to block this game out and make a decision is going to be difficult but I will try my best."

Packers fans just hope that when Favre arrives at that decision, it consists of at least one more season in the Green and Gold.

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