THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM?
In 2011, Brett Favre officially retired from the NFL for the second time in his career. The itch to return to the NFL has returned again for Favre, but this time not as a player.
On Thursday, during his guest appearance on ESPN Wisconsin’s Wilde and Tausch, Favre said he has been contemplating getting back into the NFL as a general manager or coach. The now 47-year old Favre said “That type of stuff has crossed my mind because it’s no different to me than coaching. It’s being involved in the game in some aspect.”
Favre does have coaching experience as he coached Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, after retiring. “I always thought I would be a good coach, but I didn’t know if I had the effort in me,” Favre said, “Well, I did. I’ll tell you what, it was a joy. The competitive spirit came right back. It was obviously different than playing, and so I had a lot of fun.”
Favre did admit that a front-office position would be difficult due to the business aspects associated with it. Favre said, “It’s just different because there’s such a business side to it. I don’t know if I would have that in me. Picking good players is always an art, and some do it better than others, and there’s some luck involved and things like that.”
Favre noted that other former quarterbacks have found some success in coaching. Hall of Fame QB Bart Starr pursued a similar post-retirement plan when Starr became the head coach of the Packers from 1975 to 1983. Favre also mentioned, two of his former backups, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson and BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer, have found success in coaching.
If you’re looking to see Favre on the field coaching Aaron Rodgers to a Super Bowl in the next couple of years, he has some bad news for you. Favre said any such NFL pursuits will remain on hold until his youngest daughter, Breleigh, finishes her college volleyball career at Southern Mississippi. Breleigh will be a freshmen for the Golden Eagles this fall.
“Right now, I don’t want to miss any of Breleigh’s volleyball career, so I’m really not even thinking about it until that day comes,” Favre said.