Brett Favre’s retirements and unretirements:
March 4 _ Retires after 17-year career, 16 with the Packers.
March 6 _ At news conference at Lambeau Field: “I know I can play but I don’t think I want to. It’s been a great career for me, but it’s over. As they say, all good things must come to an end. I look forward to whatever the future may hold for me.”
June 20 _ Tells Packers coach Mike McCarthy he wants to come back: “When he picked up the phone again after he dropped it, he said, ‘Oh, God, Brett. You’re putting us in a tight spot. He said, ‘Brett, playing here is not an option.’ Those were his exact, exact words.”
July 11 _ Requests release so he can return to NFL with another team: “The finality of his decision to retire was accepted by the organization. At that point, the Green Bay Packers made the commitment to move forward with our football team,” reads team-issued statement.
July 17 _ Vikings have no comment on allegations by Packers that they made inappropriate contact before or during his effort to unretire.
Aug. 3 _ NFL says he will be reinstated and added to Packers‘ active roster.
Aug. 4 _ Returns to Packers after failing to come to financial agreement that would keep him retired. “Once again, there has been indecision throughout Brett’s path back here to Green Bay. It’s important for us to sit down and communicate,” McCarthy says.
Aug. 6 _ Traded to New York Jets.
Aug. 7 _ At news conference in Cleveland, where Jets are in town for a preseason game: “I’m a little out of shape, compared to the other guys. The last 24 hours have been crazy. This offseason has been bizarre. But I’m excited by this opportunity.”
Aug. 9 _ “I know I still can play. I don’t think too many people question that. I think a lot of people question what happened this offseason.”
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