With all of the waffling that’s gone on over the past several years, there were many a fan eternally grateful that the will-he/won’t-he retirement soap opera had (probably) mercifully come to an end as Brett Favre officially retired from the NFL (maybe) this offseason.
That doesn’t mean, however, that he’s stepped away from the game of football completely.
In a press release, Southern Miss announced that the future NFL Hall of Famer will serve as the color analyst for the school’s Oct. 1 game against Rice. Before launching his professional career, Favre quarterbacked the Golden Eagles from 1987-1990 and set several school passing marks in the process.
Favre said in an irony-rich statement that this move does not mean he’s committing himself to a career in the broadcast booth.
“I’m excited to be back at Southern Miss with the Golden Eagles,” said Favre, whose nephew Dylan Favre is a quarterback at Mississippi State. “I’m not committing to a new career in broadcasting, but just wanted to support Southern Miss and check out the view from the press box. It should be fun and I hope the fans enjoy it.”
While Favre is not publicly committing to anything in the broadcast arena, sources have confirmed to CFT that a tearful retirement press conference has already been scheduled for shortly after the end of this weekend’s game. The draft of a press release announcing his next broadcasting assignment has already been finalized and will be distributed shortly after the end of that retirement press conference, the sources added.
The game, incidentally, will be broadcast on CSS, a regional channel focused on sports throughout the South.
“This is a great opportunity for Southern Miss to welcome back one of its favorite sons,” said Southern Miss president Dr. Martha D. Saunders. “Brett is a popular guy at our university. I know our students and alumni will enjoy having him associated with this game… exclusively on CSS.”