Minnesota Vikings veteran quarterback Brett Favre has confirmed he will return to the NFL for one more season to try to lead his team to the Super Bowl.
The return of the three-times Most Valuable Player, who last season had the Vikings one win from the Super Bowl, for his 20th campaign ends months of speculation about whether or not he would retire. "I was so close to getting these guys to the Super Bowl," the 40-year-old said. "I felt I owed it to this organisation to give it one more try."
Favre, who worked out with the team on Wednesday, said he hopes to play on Sunday, when the Vikings face San Francisco 49ers in a pre-season game.
Three of Favre's team-mates flew this week to his hometown in Mississippi to bring him back for one more season and on Tuesday they all boarded a private plane for Minnesota.
Favre led the Vikings to a 12-4 regular-season record last year before losing in the NFC championship game after a Favre throw was intercepted to halt a Vikings drive late in regulation.
An ankle injury suffered in that game required surgery in May and held up a decision on his return. The surgery has made the left ankle a little better, but Favre admitted there was no part of him that was 100 per cent any more. "I can't promise I can make it through the season," he said. "But I am going to play at a high level."