A Brief History Of: Un-Retirement

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Green Bay Packers' quarterback Brett Favre runs off the field.

So much for going gently into that good night. Four months after a tearful press conference that left an entire state of Cheeseheads in mourning, storied Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre announced he wants to return from retirement. The only problem: the Packers might be ready to wrap up his legacy, even if he isn't.

Favre, 38, is certainly not the first athlete to flip-flop on bidding farewell to his game. Pitcher Roger Clemens, the king of comebacks, has retired a total of three times. Lance Armstrong left cycling in 1996 to battle cancer and returned to win seven consecutive...

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