Brett Favre as NFL coach or general manager? 'Never say never'

Richard Ryman
Packers News
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Brett Favre shows off his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring after receive it during halftime of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field.

Brett Favre has a lot of time to think these days. Sometimes what he's thinking about gets said.

Favre told ESPN Wisconsin's Wilde & Tausch show Thursday that he might like to be an NFL coach. Or general manager. And preferably in Green Bay.

He might be planting seeds ... or maybe he's just relieving boredom.

"I would say I'd never say never," Favre said. "I believe that would be a dream job, working as a coach there or in some form of administration." 

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It was clear from his conversation with Wilde & Tausch that Favre has contemplated some kind of NFL involvement. Mark Tauscher asked Favre whether he'd like to follow in the footsteps of John Elway, another Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback. Elway is executive vice president of football operations and general manager of the Denver Broncos.

"It's just different because there's such a business side to it," he said. "I don't know if I would have that in me. Picking good players is always an art and some do it better than others and there's some luck involved and things like that, but yeah, it's crossed my mind, just like coaching has."

Coaching, however, is something Favre's tried, albeit on at the high school level, for two years at Oak Grove High School in Mississippi. Turns out, his competitive juices were still there.

"I always thought I would be a good coach, but I didn't know if I had the effort in me. Well, I did," he said. "I'll tell you what, it was a joy. The competitive spirit came right back. It was obviously different than playing, and so I had a lot of fun."

He understands, too, that coaching college or pro players would be a lot different than coaching high school kids. 

"First of all, the time commitment is off the charts," he said. "I often feel like it's almost more of a maintenance that you're doing with these guys. 'Hey, you've got to get in there, get your workout in. You've got to do this, you've got to do that. You're getting paid to do this.' 

"It's different, but you can expand your mind, and I feel like that if I don't coach or work at that level in some point of my life, that I'm going to waste a lot of knowledge that I have that I should be using it with kids or actually adults at that level."

Two things Favre has never lacked: competitiveness and the desire to have fun.

He's found other ways to connect with those essential needs, such as participating in the Trek 100 bike ride earlier this month in southern Wisconsin. The 100-mile ride through the hills of Jefferson, Columbia and Dodge counties was a fundraiser for the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer).

Favre made it clear he's not going to do anything that interferes with watching daughter Breleigh play college volleyball at Southern Mississipi, where she's a freshman. He said watching her compete gives him more joy than even playing NFL football.

"Man, you want to see your kids do so well," he said. "Watching my daughter play, man it's tough, but when she does well, there's so much satisfaction there."

So, maybe in four years we'll be having this discussion again. Or not.


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