When starting quarterback Sam Bradford was lost for the season with a torn ACL, speculation ran rampant that the St. Louis Rams, desperate for quarterback help, would reach out to free agent quarterback Tim Tebow. It turns out that their interest was not in Tebow, but a bigger-name (former) player who can actually throw the ball like an NFL quarterback.
According to a Thursday morning report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Rams reached out to 44-year-old future Hall-of-Famer Brett Favre about potentially coming out of retirement yet again after Bradford's diagnosis. Favre, a sixteen-year veteran who has not played since the 2010 season, told the Rams he had no interest in returning to the NFL, and instead wanted to continue traveling and working as a high school football coach.
"It's flattering, but you know there's no way I'm going to do that," he said of returning to the NFL.
Favre said he knew he was definitely finished after suffering a shoulder injury in his final season with the Minnesota Vikings. After multiple seasons where he wavered on when to retire, the injury finally convinced him to stop playing the game he loved.
"I had a great career. I think if anything, the last year that I played was an obvious writing-on-the-wall vision for you, if you will," he said. "It was time."
Of course, with how often Favre wavered on retirement, it leaves one to wonder what would have happened if it was a contending team who asked for his services. Had St. Louis been in playoff contention, rather than sitting at 3-4 in last place in the NFC West, Favre may have given the overture more thought. Of course, most contending teams have a better backup plan than a 44-year-old who has not played in almost three years.
After being rebuked by Favre, the Rams wound up signing Brady Quinn, who was released by the New York Jets on Monday, and Austin Davis, who the team had cut just prior to the start of the regular season.
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