It wasn't enough for Brett Favre to retire and come up short, as he did with the Jets in 2008, just once. He had to go and do it again. As late as July 2009, Favre issued statements that he planned to stay retired. By August, his contract with the Minnesota Vikings was breaking news. It wasn't enough for Brett Favre to retire and come up short, as he did with the Jets in 2008, just once. He had to go and do it again. As late as July 2009, Favre issued statements that he planned to stay retired. By August, his contract with the Minnesota Vikings was breaking news.