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Daughter wants Favre home

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre's daughter wants her father
to quit playing football.

With the Packers mired in a monthlong slump and alone in last
place for the first time since 1988, many Green Bay fans are
fearful the three-time MVP's retirement might be hastened.

Favre isn't saying, but he did ask his youngest daughter,
5-year-old Breleigh, for her thoughts as he drove her to
kindergarten on Wednesday.

"We were just talking on the way," Favre said. "I've always
tried to pick her brain. I said, 'Are you ready for Daddy to quit
football?' She knows I play and she knows people want my autographs
and things, but she doesn't really grasp the whole concept of
what's going on. She said, 'Yeah. I'm ready for you to quit playing
football, so you can live with us full-time in Mississippi."

Breleigh lives with Favre and his wife, Deanna, in Green Bay
during the football season, while her 15-year-old sister, Brittany,
stays with relatives in Sumrall, Miss., so she doesn't have to move
midway through the school year.

"It's kind of funny that she said that," Favre said of
Breleigh's comments, "because I'm with her every night. I said,
'If I quit playing, there's no more football, there's no more
games, no more cheering.' She said, 'No, I'm ready for you to do
that.'

"If you want the truth a lot of times, go ask your kids. But I
don't think she really knows."

Regardless, teammate Ryan Longwell isn't surprised family and
football are both pulling at Favre, who turned 35 last week and is
playing in his 14th NFL season.

"I think Brett is at that stage where it's tougher for him to
leave home every year," Longwell said. "For the married guys with
kids, I think that's the pull that eventually gets us all away."

Coach-general manager Mike Sherman said he's not worried about
Favre's future: "My only concern right now is the Detroit Lions
and this season and this team and we'll worry about next season
when that comes around."

Favre recounted the conversation with his daughter when asked
whether he had thought about life after football. Foremost on his
mind, however, is reversing the team's tailspin. Only eight teams
have overcome a 1-4 start to make the playoffs.

"I consider it a challenge," Favre said.

Favre, who said back in August that he hoped to play several
more seasons, declared during training camp that the Packers should
be a favorite to win the Super Bowl this season. They looked like a
championship contender when they opened the season with a
convincing win at Carolina, the defending NFC champion.

But the Packers have lost four straight and are three games
under .500 for the first time since 1992, Favre's first season in
Green Bay.

Although Favre has stretched his starting streak to 213 games,
counting playoffs, he's been knocked out of two of his last three
games with a bruised hamstring and a concussion. He also has a
loose left shoulder.

Last week, Favre's 24-year-old brother-in-law was killed when he
flipped an all-terrain vehicle on the quarterback's property in
Mississippi. It's the second family tragedy since December, when
Favre's father, Irv, died of a heart attack.

Adding to the adversity, offensive coordinator Tom Rossley
underwent an emergency heart operation Tuesday and might not make
the trip to Detroit on Sunday.

And Favre's longtime backup, Doug Pederson, is pondering
retirement himself after going on injured reserve with a broken rib
last week. Pederson is helping out quarterbacks coach Darrell
Bevell.

"He's sticking around, I think, on my behalf," Favre said.
"He's the highest-paid friend now in the league. But I like having
him around. He probably knows me better than anyone, on and off the
field, and he's sticking it out, trying to help out as much as
possible.

"It is different, and he knows that this might be it for him.
But we're going to try to have a little fun the rest of this year
and see what happens."