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Favre Returns to Minnesota, Announcement Set for Wednesday 55

Posted: August 17, 2010, 7:04 PM ; Updated: August 17, 2010, 10:17 PM

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Brett Favre is back in Minnesota, right on schedule.

For the second year in a row, the quarterback who spends his summers on the verge of retirement was driven to Vikings headquarters on the Tuesday following the team's first preseason game. Just like last August, news helicopters followed his vehicle from a local airport and dozens of fans and media gathered at the entrance to Winter Park to greet him.

Nothing the Vikings haven't seen before.

On Aug. 18, 2009, Favre boarded a private plane from Hattiesburg, Miss., and arrived in Minnesota. Coach Brad Childress picked him up and brought him to the team facility. He practiced the same day and suited up for a preseason game three days later.

This time around, the Vikings sent three of Favre's closest friends on the team - Jared Allen, Ryan Longwell and Steve Hutchinson - to Hattiesburg to bring him back for one more shot at a Super Bowl.

Longwell filled the role of Favre's chauffeur and three local television stations broke into programming to show the kicker's black BMW SUV rolling down the road.

"Helicopters acting like they are following O.J.," Shiancoe tweeted. "Where is the bronco."

Longwell pulled into the team complex as the fans cheered and photographers snapped pictures, whisking him to a back entrance.

"Brett Favre for President!!" receiver Bernard Berrian tweeted.

Favre's website posted a message earlier saying "stay tuned for breaking news from the Minnesota Vikings today on Brett Favre's possible return."

Presumably, Favre did not make the trip just to tell the Vikings he was retiring, but the team issued no formal confirmation that the star quarterback was taking back his starting job. He is, however, under contract - the second season in a two-year, $25 million deal.

The Vikings instead issued a media schedule for Wednesday, announcing that coach Brad Childress will hold his regular news conference following practice. The team also said that a "media availability with QB Brett Favre is to be determined."

Favre will turn 41 in October and has flirted with retirement for years, while playing for the Green Bay Packers, the New York Jets and now the Vikings. He threw 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions last season to help Minnesota reach the NFC title game.

The three-time MVP had been thinking about hanging it up again this year after injuring his ankle in January's NFC championship loss to New Orleans. He had surgery on his left ankle in June, and told teammates and some team officials earlier in August that it hadn't healed enough for him to return for a 20th NFL season.

Yet no one in the organization fully bought into that - partly because they went through a similar ordeal in 2009.

Last year, Favre told the team on the eve of training camp that he was going to stay retired only to return the Tuesday after their first preseason game. The Vikings played their first exhibition game of 2010, a 28-7 win over the Rams, on Saturday and will visit San Francisco on Sunday night this week.

Not to mention, soon after Favre showed signs of waffling this year, his agent said he'd play if he was healthy.

Tarvaris Jackson was in line to be the starting quarterback if Favre had not returned, and he said after practice that he wasn't bothered by hearing that some of his higher profile teammates flew to Mississippi to try to woo Favre.

"I feel like if my number's called I'm going to be ready," Jackson said after practice. "And I'm going to continue to try to work hard and get better. That's all I can do."

If Favre proved anything last year, it's that skipping training camp is no big deal for him. He delivered one of his finest seasons and brought the Vikings to the brink of the Super Bowl.

He took a beating at the Superdome, yet still threw for 310 yards and a touchdown. But he also threw two interceptions, the last one in Saints territory at the end of regulation that cost the team a chance a game-winning field goal try.

Now, after another summer of indecision and another (classic) rock star-like arrival, it appears that Favre is back for one more shot at a second Super Bowl title.

"That's def(initely) a sign," Shiancoe tweeted, "that the 2010 season is here!"

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55 Comments

I am truly a Vikings fan. But now Brett needs to stay with his one superbowl ring before he messes his ankle up for good!!

Brett Favre ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo AWESOME

Trust me, he's coming back.

RETIRE ALREADY AND IN MADDEN 11 HE LOOKS LIKE HE WAS ALIVE DURING THE TIME OF THE VIKINGS

Favre needs to retire

All right, story ended. Favre is a hall of fame QB but this retirement thing is getting old.

Retirement is not for Favre..He has many admirers here,in Bucuresti ,and we think that he should teach others to be as good as it.

I NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ibet he's gonna retire inthe middle the season

"He's agood QB but what he really needs to do is retire and go coach for some one.

"He's a good QB but what he really needs to do is retire and go coach some were.

"He,s a great QB but what he really needs to do is retire and go coach some were.

"He's A good ball player but what he really needs to do is retire,and go
coach some where becaus he's played for so long.

Did you really just put 4 comments that are like the same thing

brett favre is a knucklehead. just stay retired.

ok u right

Brett Farve is BACK!!!!! ... shocker

KISS-UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If he wants the attention, tell him to retire!!!!!!!!!

Brett Favre is a great QB, but he throws too many picks. The Vikes had dat game won but brett bieng brett threw the ball away under pressure and the aints, i mean saints picked it off and then beat the colts. now they're super bowl champs!

um.... how long will this continue???

Same for you,
and most other people.

Bret Farve is the most legit quarterback and a total package... i love the saints but i want him and gary allen to win the big one!!!!

Yeah it's Jared Allen :)

gary allen? im pretty sure its jared allen.

yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!! yee-hoo!!!!!!!! :) Best QB EVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He's not going to retire till he wis a super bowl with the viks

hes stupid make up your mind hes as bad as my sister

Personally, I would have liked this announcement if he played for a team like houston i wouldn't care but i am a bears fan so I don't want him on the vikings

OK BRETT SAID HED RETIRE 2 TIME BUT NO HE COMES RIGHT BACK

Duh, of course he came back... he's so predictable.

brett is bringing viks to the super bowl and we will probably win

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