NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Would you rather have Kellen Clemens, Brady Quinn or a retired 44-year-old quarterback, albeit a future Hall of Famer?
Apparently the St. Louis Rams would have preferred the latter.
The Rams reached out to Brett Favre to see if “he would be willing to play” after losing starter Sam Bradford for the remainder of the season, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday via Twitter.
He wasn’t interested.
“It’s flattering, but there’s no way in hell I’m going to do that,” Favre told SportsTalk 570 in Washington, according to CBS Chicago.
Favre admitted to experiencing some memory loss after 20 years in the NFL.
“This was a little shocking to me that I couldn’t remember my daughter playing youth soccer,” he said. “It was just one summer, I think. I could remember her playing basketball, I could remember her playing volleyball, so I kind of think maybe (I thought) she only played a (soccer) game or two. Well, I think she played like eight. So that’s a little bit scary to me. So for the first time in 44 years, that kind of put a little fear in me.”
Favre’s agent, Bus Cook, said last month that the former Green Bay Packers quarterback could still play professional football — if he wanted to.
“He’s in the best shape I’ve ever seen him in, physically,” Cook said, adding that Favre’s “arms look like a blacksmith’s arms.”
Bradford tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 30-15 loss in Carolina. Clemens, the team’s one and only backup, finished the game.
The Rams signed Quinn, fresh off his release from the Jets, and Austin Davis for depth on Wednesday. Tim Tebow was initially discussed as an option at quarterback, according to NFL Media writer Michael Silver.
“(Favre) could play today,” Cook said in September, “better than a lot of them out there.”
Favre came out of a short retirement in 2008 and was traded to the New York Jets. He signed with the Vikings in 2009 and officially retired — this time for good — in Jan. 2011.
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