EDEN PRAIRIE MN - AUGUST 18: Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings participates in his first morning practice since returning to Vikings Winter Park on August 18 2010 in Eden Prairie Minnesota. Favre injured his ankle last year and had been reportedly considering retiring after one season with the Vikings. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Third Time's A Charm? Brett Favre Announces Return To Vikings

A day after arriving in Minnesota, Brett Favre practiced with the Vikings and then announced his return to the NFL (again), saying the decision was "very tough" adding that ultimately it "was really about the team."

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Brett Favre: 'Twenty Years And I'm Done'

Brett Favre announced his return for the 2010 season Wednesday afternoon, following a practice with the Vikings. It's practically become an annual summer tradition: Memorial Day leads into July 4th which is followed by Favre Decision Day (Aug. 18) as camps open and the warmer weather begins to wane. But no more.

In his wordy speech to the gathered media on Wednesday, Favre took the time to say that 2010 will be his final year in the NFL.

"Twenty years and I'm done," Favre said. "This is the last year of my contract. I'm sure a lot of people will say, 'Yes!' I'll give it one more try and regardless how it ends I'll leave on top."

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Brett Favre Officially Announces His Return To Vikings For 2010 NFL Season

Shortly after practicing with the Vikings on Wednesday, Brett Favre took to the podium and announced what many already suspected: he is returning to Minnesota for the 2010 season, his 20th year in the NFL.

Favre said that the decision "was very tough," and that he "could make a case for both - playing and not playing," but in the end, this comeback (his third, for those scoring at home) was about his teammates. "I think ultimately as much has been made about the three guys coming down, it was really about the team."

Physically, Favre said he was fine -- "I've played in 309 straight games, I can't complain." -- but that the mental aspect is really what wears on him more, particularly the challenge that is winning the Super Bowl.

"It's hard to make people understand. You play 19 years and I was fortunate enough to be on a winning Super Bowl team in 1996. I was fairly young at the time and you think, 'This is no big deal, we'll be back, there's always next year.' In that particular game, the mental toll was really what was hard to deal with. This team is a very good football team. The chances here are much greater than other places and there's a lot of teams that can say they have a legitimate chance and this is one of those teams. From that standpoint, it's always made it easier.

"My wife, she always says i look at things negatively more than I should but the what ifs can not answer the bell and what happens if it doesn't. I would love to win a Super Bowl, but what happens if you don't?"

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Brett Favre Will Play 2010 Season If Healthy

Brett Favre, who on Tuesday reportedly told the Vikings he would not be returning for the 2010 NFL season, told ESPN's Ed Werder on Wednesday that he has not made any decision regarding his future yet, and that if he's healthy, he will indeed suit up for the Vikings.

Favre added that he has not sent any text messages to Minnesota's staff indicating he was retiring (Adam Schefter had reported that Favre sent a text saying, "This is it"). And that was the last time anyone ever heard about Brett Favre and text messages.

So, we're right back to where we have always been, with Brett Favre dangling the decision on his future tauntingly close to the media, providing updates without ever really giving any concrete answer. And so they dance.

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