I remember it like it was yesterday – New Year’s Eve 2006.

After listening to a blubbering Favre after the Packers 2006 season finale his retirement seemed imminent.

The Packers had the night game at Chicago. They were already eliminated from the playoffs with a 7-8 record.

Rumors were swirling – was this the last time No. 4 would suit up?

The Bears already clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and had nothing to play for.

Favre took advantage – a victory, 285 passing yards, and a touchdown strike later and he was looking straight into the camera during his postgame interview.

The tears flowed and the clichés spewed.

“It’s tough,” he said. “I love these guys. I love this game. What a great way to go out against a great football team. I couldn’t ask for a better way to get out.”

So there you had it, a nice ending to a great career.

Adios Brett Favre.

Flash forward 3.5 years and it’s still not over.

Somewhere in between there was a return to the Packers that nearly resulted in a Super Bowl appearance, a tearful retirement ceremony, a bitter Wisconsin divorce, a reluctant trade with the Jets, and finally Favre signing on with the Vikings in 2009 – seemingly his plan all along after he was burned (in his mind anyway) by the Packers.

For the fourth consecutive year Favre has used the summer as his personal theatre stage.

Sure there have been some jerks that have tried to steal Favre’s spotlight. Vick had to get involved with dog fighting, Burress blasted himself in the leg, and LeBron James upstaged the Grey Wonder with his own egotistical rampage.

But in the end, Favre always gets his attention. This summer will be no different.

Favre waited for the dust to settle from LeBron's drama and hit the high school football field, itching for some attention.

Shortly after the dust settled from LeBron’s “decision” Favre hit the high school practice field to toss around some footballs. With Rachel Nichols permanently camped out in his backyard he knew the media wasn’t far behind. But like Paris Hilton dodging the paparazzi, Favre escaped without an interview, leaving the media with only speculation – just how he likes it.

Later Favre’s longtime agent Bus Cook called Favre a drama queen. Call me crazy, but I think No. 4 put him up to it … just to stir the pot a little bit.

Now Major Dad, sorry, Brad Childress is flying out to the farm in Mississippi for a few heart-to-heart chats with Favre about his future.

And naturally, Favre is battling an ankle injury that might keep him out of several training camp sessions “should he” decide to return.

The irony is Favre doesn’t need to do this dance every offseason. His desperate pleas for attention are marring what could be an incredible story.

Combine his ’07 season with the Pack and his ’09 season with the Vikes (when he was 38 and 40 years-old) and you’ve got 61 touchdowns, 22 interceptions, and two coulda, shoulda, woulda Super Bowl appearances.

Just shut up Brett. Not another word about the ankle, the decision, or anything. Go to training camp and let your play do the talking.

But back to reality – let the Summer of Favre begin.

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