Ending months of rampant media speculation, Packers quarterback Brett Favre Tuesday confirmed his intention to play for the team this year. Of course, as Favre himself would say, he never had said that he wasn't planning a return to the field.
"The Green Bay Packers are very pleased that Brett has come to this decision, and look forward to a successful 2006 season," said Ted Thompson, the team's executive vice president, general manager and director of football operations.
Favre, who enters his 15th season as the team's starting quarterback, looks to add to his consecutive regular-season starts streak of 221, an NFL record among quarterbacks. He also likely will have the opportunity to break several significant NFL passing records in 2006, including Dan Marino's all-time mark for career touchdown passes. With 396, Favre enters this year only 25 TD throws from surpassing Marino's total of 420; Favre has thrown for 25-or-more scores in four of the past five seasons.