Favre likely not done

Updated: December 27, 2006, 11:44 AM ET
The 13-2 Chicago Bears are the dominant team in the NFC and have already clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, while the Green Bay Packers could end up squeaking into the postseason thanks to playing in a very mediocre conference in which five teams with losing records are vying for the final wild card spot. And thanks to the NFL's new flexible scheduling and the possibility that the game could be the last in the career of Packers quarterback Brett Favre, we'll get to see it in prime time on Sunday night.

Favre will be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame the instant he becomes eligible, but the legendary gunslinger has struggled to get his team in the end zone in recent weeks. Still, the retirement speculation is in full force and we'll get to hear John Madden rave about the glorious approach Favre takes to the game.

That fun-loving approach, along with charismatic leadership, tenacious competitiveness and tremendous physical gifts, made Favre one of my favorite players of the modern era. I was fortunate enough to be on the opposite sideline from Favre a total of 15 times over seven seasons as a coach with the Minnesota Vikings, and while there were times I hated him for making a play against us there was always respect for him.