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Brett Favre sounds like he still wants to play

He mentioned it twice this week, including teasing the idea of playing the Packers' first series in Sunday's Hall of Fame game.

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Brett Favre bounced in and out of retirement before finally hanging up the cleats for good after the 2010 season. But you can tell the nostalgia and festivities surrounding Hall of Fame week in Canton has given him the itch to play again. He teased the idea twice this week, in a very Favre-esque way.

"I'm going to ask Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson if I can play the first series tomorrow night," Favre said when he opened his speech on Saturday night. The Packers play in Sunday night's preseason Hall of Fame game.

Earlier in the week, he was putting himself in a Cowboys uniform, but with one condition: they guarantee that he won't get hit.

The 46-year-old passer said he'd love to be the Dallas Cowboys' backup quarterback so as long as the team could guarantee no 300-pound defenders are going to run into him.

"You know what? Being around, walking in this Hall and stuff, it kind of gives you a little bit of an itch," Favre told NFL Network's Good Morning Football. "The only problem is I can't get hit. Can they promise I won't get hit?"

Nate Burleson was quick to remind Favre of the prowess of the Cowboys offensive line, but it wasn't quite convincing enough for the old gunslinger.

"Well, I mean, that's good. But I need a little more ... security."

I, too, would like to play quarterback for the Cowboys if they could please promise that I won't be hit. As would Tony Romo, who fractured his collarbone twice behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL in 2015. With pass rushers like Fletcher Cox in the NFC East, there's plenty of reason why watching from the couch is the better idea.

The Cowboys are in the market for a backup quarterback and might even make a trade with the Cleveland Browns to acquire Josh McCown. Pleading for Favre to come out of retirement is far from a realistic idea that the Cowboys will look to pursue, even if it is fun to imagine a Hall of Famer suiting up on Sundays.