SMITH COLUMN: Brett Favre doesn't need to play again
It was as painful to watch quarterback Brett Favre play football last season and it must have been for him to go through it.
He just didn't seem to be having much fun last year with the Minnesota Vikings.
Favre seemed to spend most of his time on his back and not enough actually in the huddle or running around making plays.
There weren't many weeks that went by that Favre wasn't suffering from some sort of injury.
Now that the National Football League lockout has ended and everyone is preparing for a new season, there are rumblings that Favre may be getting the itch to play football once again.
A report began to surface late Sunday night that Favre could end up in Philadelphia to be a backup to Michael Vick.
Vick went as far as endorsing the possibility on his Twitter account, saying that he would be honored to have Favre as his backup. It was a post that was quickly removed before too many eyes had a chance to see it.
The 41-year-old Favre has insisted that he's done playing football. Hopefully, he means it this time and the rumors of another return are false.
The Associated Press reported on Monday that Favre spent most of his offseason at home in Hattiesburg and said he hasn't made a decision about his future.
Favre's agent, Bus Cook, said Monday that his client has not shared the idea of another comeback with him and anything out there is just "speculation."
No one doubts Favre's competitive spirit and he shouldn't have to prove that to anybody.
It wasn't a very good season for Favre with the Vikings in 2010. Even though he threw for 2,509 yards and 11 touchdowns, Favre also had 19 interceptions and there were the injuries.
Even though it's exciting to watch the sure Hall of Famer and at his age, still has the arm to make all of the throws, Favre doesn't need to limp his way out of the game.
There have been too many athletes over the years who hung on too long and regretting it.
The only Favre we need to see on the football field in the next year or two is Brett's nephew Dylan for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
If he continues to improve on what took place at the spring game in April, Dylan may get that opportunity sooner rather than later.
Danny P. Smith is sports editor and columnist for the Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily News or its staff.
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