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"He will be there for sure," Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald Jr. said last week at his camp in Minneapolis. "Who would turn down $13 million? Would you?"
Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin said it's about more than just the money for Favre.
"Favre is not leaving this young talent," Irvin said. "We focus too much on Brett's age instead of the team's youth when you're talking about Brett. Brett does what he does with that youthful young talented team around him. You know he's not leaving that.
"The stringing along is not as intense as it used to be so he might as well (just say), 'I'm coming back. It's time to let it go and come on back.'"
For whatever reason, it never seems to be that easy for Favre, who has played this "will-he or won't-he" game for at least three summers in a row now. He has already retired and un-retired twice and his waffling nature has become so well known that tongue-in-cheek television commercials are built around it.
"You can't blame him," Irvin said of Favre's hesitancy to hang up the cleats. "I tell people all the time. Don't be stupid. Don't allow your ego to make you walk away from the greatest thing you will ever experience. The unity of walking onto a football field with 52 other guys, you have one purpose, one goal and one heartbeat. Wow, what a feeling.
"You make them drag you off the field. You will never have this again in your life."
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