Favre says he’s done with football, not sure what’s next
The three-time NFL Most Valuable Player hosted the “Brett Favre 7 on 7 at The Rock” football camp on the campus of Southern Miss, his alma mater, on Tuesday. He mingled with players and coaches in the nearly 100-degree heat, and occasionally squads would gather around the 41-year-old for a pep talk.
“I’m just one of the guys,” Favre said. “And I enjoy it that way. If anything, that’s what I want these kids to take away from this.”
The 24-team camp for high school players was used to raise money for the quarterback’s “Favre 4 Hope Foundation” and his “USM Brett Favre Scholarship” endowment.
Favre says he likes dealing with young players, citing their willingness to learn, but didn’t want to be tied down by a full-time coaching commitment. He says he has enjoyed staying around Southern Miss but has “no plans right now and we’ll see where that takes me.”
Favre has made occasional appearances in his home state during the spring, including throwing out the first pitch before a game during the Conference USA baseball tournament in Pearl.
The quarterback has famously flip-flopped about his playing future in the past, retiring with the Green Bay Packers in 2008 and the New York Jets in 2009 before deciding to play again. This time, it appears he’s content to be a bystander.
“It’s been a long time since I watched a high school football game, or a college game for that matter,” Favre said. “I kind of look forward to it.”
Favre played last season with the Minnesota Vikings, but his 20th year in the league was remembered more for injuries and off-the-field turmoil than results on the field. He threw just 11 touchdowns compared to 19 interceptions and his 69.9 quarterback rating was the lowest of his career.
He also was hounded with allegations that he sent lewd photos and messages to a game-day hostess when both worked for the Jets in 2008, and was fined $50,000 by the NFL for failing to cooperate with the investigation.