Favre retired from the Jets once, too.
"That's [bull], stringing them along this far," the player replied.
A couple of players genuinely like Favre, guys like Kellen Clemens and Dustin Keller, but most of them have tried to expunge the legendary quarterback from their memory banks. At the team's training complex in Florham Park, N.J., it's like he never played for the Jets, with a nary of photo or mention of him in the trophy cases or on the walls.
Owner Woody Johnson and GM Mike Tannenbaum still speak reverently of Favre, but the same feeling doesn't exist around the locker room. No doubt, some players were thinking "Boy Who Cried Wolf" when they heard the latest out of Minneapolis.
Favre looked like a hero for the Jets, stoking Super Bowl dreams with an entertaining 8-3 start. Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano recalled a vintage Favre play on opening day, avoiding a sack to heave a miraculous fourth-down touchdown pass that proved the difference.
Dogged by a nagging arm injury, Favre's magic disappeared down the homestretch. The Jets went from fashionable Super Bowl picks to out of the playoffs under a heap of interceptions. They went 1-4 in their final five games. In that span, Favre threw two touchdown passes and nine interceptions to finish with a league-leading 22 picks.
Rex Ryan arrived as Jets head coach the season after Favre left. He hopes they don't cross paths when the Jets are scheduled to host the Vikings in October.
"If he's not playing in Week 5, I'll be happy as heck," Ryan said. "If he's playing in Week 5, I'll be scared ... maybe not scared, but close to being scared.
"The guy's a tremendous player. Obviously, you love seeing great players play. I hope, if he's healthy, he still plays. He makes the game exciting to watch."