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Published August 04 2010

Hotzler: Favre's body, mind can see it’s over

Yes, we’ve heard this before from Brett Favre.

He’s said he was retiring twice. You can’t trust a word he says.

Blah, blah, blah.

This time, I think he means business.

Favre’s body was completely destroyed by the New Orleans Saints last year in the NFC title game. The same offensive line that helped cause the damage is unchanged this season.

And he’ll be 41 years old in October.

See where I’m going here?

Favre’s legacy is already cemented as one of the greats of the game. He doesn’t need to ride in on the white horse to save the day again, only to suffer a debilitating injury.

Something just seems different this time.

Favre’s last two retirements were done out of ego, and the desire to prove something to a pair of franchises that he viewed did him wrong in some way.

Essentially, he wanted to ram a Lombardi Trophy down the craw of the Green Bay Packers and the New York Jets. The Packers had let him go for the younger Aaron Rodgers, and the Jets … well … he never really fit in with the Jets, and they were more than happy to get him out the door.

This time, Favre had a great time. He loved Minnesota, he loved Vikings teammates, and he loved the way he was treated by fans at the Metrodome.

The only thing he probably didn’t enjoy about last season was getting his ankle twisted in seven different directions as his offensive line watched with mouths agape.

The preseason will come and go without Favre. The talk will continue.

Week after week, we’ll hear about Favre when the Vikings win or lose.

But, this time, he’ll stay away.

The Ego has finally landed comfortably into his rocking chair in Hattiesburg, Miss.

So long, Brett.

Hello, Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels.

Anyone have the phone number of Michael Vick’s agent?

Readers can reach Forum reporter Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562

or at hhotzler@forumcomm.com