Brett Favre was never known for his humility, nor has he been very graceful about accepting the effects of middle age. Even though he's been long-retired and has generally stayed away from the game, the future Hall of Famer isn't shy about discussing his own physical talents.
Let's make one thing clear: Favre hasn't suggested he could come in and quarterback a playoff team. But at the shallowest position in the NFL, where there aren't even enough competent starters to go around to every team in the league, Favre thinks he could contribute something.
He discussed this scenario in an interview with Sports Illustrated for its upcoming "Where are they now?" issue.
"I think I could play," Favre said. "As far as throwing. Of course, we're not trying to start some he's-coming-out-of-retirement deal.
"Do I think I could play and lead a team? Look, no. But I could play. I could make all the throws I made before, I just couldn't throw it near as far, but that never matters anyway."
Favre is 45 now, and he hasn't played in the NFL for more than four years. His final season, in 2011, was injury-plagued and sub-par, serving as strong evidence that his playing days were over.
At the same time, he was never Blaine Gabbert bad. He just was bad by Favre's standards. And when you come to associate someone with greatness, it's hard to see them when that shine of greatness wears off.