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What's next for Brett Favre?

There are questions that must be answered, especially when Brett Favre is playing possibly his final game at Lambeau Field (tonight, 8 ET) against the Minnesota Vikings. We asked our experts for their opinions on some Burning Questions about Favre.

1. Should Brett Favre come back next season?

Sean Salisbury: Not only do I think he should come back, but when I see him I'm going to beg him to come back. He could've started for at least 20 teams in the league and could've made the Pro Bowl this season. He had a great season and could have an even better one next season when his team has more experience.

Mark Schlereth: Brett Favre should definitely return next season. His skills are still there and next season's team could send him to the playoffs. The biggest problem facing this team is the offensive line and it will play better next season. They were an inexperienced bunch that wasn't able to sufficiently protect him. This team also has a young defense that will improve and a set of receivers that has a lot of talent.

Joe Theismann: I'd like to see him back next season. It's been a relatively healthy season for him and he has performed extremely well. The weight of the world isn't on his shoulders to single-handedly make the Packers good, so he can go out and have fun playing the game. With the way the NFC North and the NFC in general is set up, I wouldn't be surprised if the Packers made the playoffs next season if Favre comes back.

2. What will be Favre's legacy?

Salisbury: Favre's legacy will be as the face of one of the greatest organizations in the game. When you think of the Green Bay Packers you think of Brett Favre now. Not Vince Lombardi or Bart Starr. That says it all about how great and important Favre has been to this team and this league.

Schlereth: His legacy will be that he's one of the greatest quarterbacks who ever played the game. He's a tough player who played the game like a football player, not just like a quarterback. He played with incredible passion and love and that was obvious every time he stepped on the field.

Theismann: His legacy will be one of toughness. He played through the pain every week and never complained. He just strapped it on and went out there and busted his butt and won games. He's been amazing to watch and we've all been lucky to have him in the NFL for so long.

3. Where does he rank in terms of all-time quarterbacks?

Salisbury: He's in my top five. I saw a lot of great quarterbacks and he's right there with the best of them. It's probably Elway, Marino, Montana, Unitas and Favre, in no certain order. He's a great player, three-time MVP, has the most completions and could finish with more touchdown passes than any other quarterback.

Schlereth: Favre is up there with the best of the best. I happened to play with John Elway and Favre is on that level with Elway, Dan Marino, Otto Graham and Johnny Unitas. He's definitely a top-five quarterback.

Theismann: Without hesitation he's in my top five. For a very long time, Favre was the standard of excellence in this league. When he was at the top of his game there weren't many better than him historically. It's been a pleasure to watch him.

4. What is your favorite Favre moment?

Salisbury: I've had a lot of opportunities to watch him play and my favorite memory has to be of him playing on "Monday Night Football" after the death of his father. I'm also very close with my father and I couldn't imagine not having him here and then having to play a game afterwards. But he didn't just play … he had one of the best games in league history. He was phenomenal that night.

Schlereth: My favorite Favre moment was during the Super Bowl immediately after he threw a touchdown pass to Andre Rison. He ran down the field with his helmet flying off, high stepping and full of joy. It was a great, goofy moment.

Theismann: My favorite moment was when he played with a broken thumb during a "Sunday Night Football" game I helped broadcast. His splint was glued to his hand and he still went out there and gave it his all despite the pain. I know how difficult it is to throw a football with a broken thumb and he went out there and did it with ease.