Group wants Favre back with Vikings

Updated: February 6, 2010, 12:16 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Brett Favre said that returning to the NFL next year is "highly unlikely," but some Minnesota Vikings fans aren't ready to let the quarterback go.

A Facebook group called "4 MILLION VIKINGS FANS WANT BRETT FAVRE BACK IN MINNESOTA FOR 2010" has rented an electronic billboard in Favre's offseason home of Hattiesburg, Miss., urging the quarterback to return.

The message on the billboard reads: "Hey #4, do Minnesota fans love you and want you back next year? You Brettcha!"

The message will appear through Tuesday, and then the group will reassess the message and the $650-per-week cost, Jay Tappe, the Minnesota resident who started the Facebook group, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

"I had no idea what to expect," Tappe told the Hattiesburg American of starting the Facebook group. "We have enough to keep the billboard up for at least another week. We'll try to keep it up for about a month. It's crazy."

Tappe told the Star Tribune that the Facebook group, which has more than 90,000 members, wants to continue to raise money not only to keep the billboard up but also to donate to the Deanna Favre Hope Foundation.

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