Brett Favre: How Many More Does He Have in the Tank?

Inactive InactiveContributor INovember 15, 2008

Brett Favre, one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to set foot on the field, has retired once and as the season draws closer to the end, the question soon will arise—will Brett stay?

While Brett is not having his greatest season, he has shown few signs of almost hitting forty. He threw for a career high six touchdown passes against Arizona in Week Four and still shows more than a bit of life left in him after engineering a great drive at the end of Thursday's game against the Patriots, in which he played a nearly flawless game.

He was 26-33 for 258 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He has continued to prove himself as an elite quarterback in an increasingly competitive league in which defenses are getting faster and he is getting slower. He has still shown he can play.

But how many more seasons can he play? 

His stats put him on par to get another season similar to last, but will his determination to win another Super Bowl outweigh his wish to retire?  He would not have come to New York unless he thought he could make it all the way, and if Thursday night is an indication of things to come, he may get his wish.

If he decides to play next year, by opening day, he will be 40. Whether his wish to win another ring, and his love of the game keep him around, or will we be gripped to the TV as Favre contemplates retirement, retires, comes out of retirement, demands a trade, and ends up, well, somewhere.

Only time will tell, but for now, Favre's only goal is to bring a Super Bowl back to New York, where Joe Namath walked into the Orange Bowl as a quarterback, and emerged as a legend.

Favre hopes to follow suit.