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Brett Favre sports old Packers jersey on S.I. cover

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If a team finally gets brave enough to give running back Herschel Walker his shot at age 53, they might as well give Brett Favre a ring, too.

The Packers legend still thinks he can play as well.

"I think I could play," Favre, 45, told Sports Illustrated for an upcoming cover story. "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."

For the cover, Favre donned his green and yellow No. 4 uniform for the first time in seven years. If it wasn't enough nostalgia to think about Favre throwing the football again, this would surely satisfy anyone hoping to relive the glory years.

As we begin to transition out of another great era of quarterbacks -- Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are definitely closer to retirement than their rookie years -- it's nice to take a step back and remember the era before that.

More than 300 games, 71,838 yards and 508 touchdowns later, Favre's still one of the greatest. Watching him come full circle with the Packers is great, too.

It's been a bit of a public renaissance for the gunslinger, who has been slowly matriculating into civilian life. After a stint as a high school offensive coordinator, Favre has started making more regular appearances on television and in interviews again.

The NFL, and that uniform, just weren't the same without him.

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