Favre: Packers' potential wasn't deciding factor in return

Every offseason, Green Bay Packers fans chew their fingernails to the nub while human cliffhanger Brett Favre decides whether to retire or play for another year.

And every time, No. 4 reaches the same conclusion: He still can play, and he just can't say no to football.

So far, Favre hasn't said anything about his plans for 2008 -- beyond, of course, the playoffs in January. But Favre provided some insight today into the thought process behind his decision to return for this season.

He says he saw potential in the young Packers, but he didn't expect them to have an 11-2 record and division title wrapped up going into Sunday's game at St. Louis.

According to Favre, the defense was most effective in the string of four wins at the end of last season, and he realized at some point that if the offense could improve, this season could be a lot of fun.

And he was right.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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