In many ways, Brett Favre has reached omnipresent status. His name is never far removed from a conversation about the NFL, regardless of whether he’s retiring, un-retiring, somewhere in between, or just being observed by reporters from his driveway (that’s you, Scott Hanson).
It’s a widely-held belief that Favre will return for his 20th NFL season — so much so that it would be more of a surprise at this point to find out he’s retiring rather than just avoiding another training camp. So when Cris Carter gave his annual address at the NFL Rookie Symposium on Wednesday — his speech is absolutely must-see video if you’ve never seen it — and was matter-of-fact about Favre’s pending return, it barely registers that it’s something that actually might not happen.
“Brett Favre, coming back for year No. 20,” Carter told the rookies. “Yeah, he’s coming back. Like, don’t trip. Everyone knows that. Anyone alive around the NFL knows Brett Favre is coming back. You all can release that today: Brett Favre is coming back.”
Of course, Carter (who surely has an informed opinion on Favre) was using this in a larger context, making a point to NFL rookies that they are the next generation of the league, now a part of something bigger. But it seems we have now reached the point where each time we hear that Favre’s return is a given, it’s too easy not to believe.