Favre makes a wager with baseball team on return

ATLANTA Thu May 20, 2010 3:49pm EDT

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre celebrates a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the third quarter of the NFL NFC Championship football game in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 24, 2010. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre celebrates a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the third quarter of the NFL NFC Championship football game in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 24, 2010.

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ATLANTA (Reuters) - A college baseball team could determine whether veteran quarterback Brett Favre plays in the NFL next season.

"Let's make a bet," Favre told members of the University of Southern Mississippi baseball team on Thursday, the Biloxi Sun-Herald reported on its website (www.sunherald.com).

"If you guys go back to the College World Series this year I will come back and play," the 40-year-old Minnesota Vikings quarterback said. "How about that?

"You go back and I go back."

Southern Mississippi, Favre's alma mater, played in the tournament last year and is ranked among the top 30 teams in the country this year.

Favre, who led the Vikings to the NFC title game last season, made the wager after being asked whether he would return for another year.

"I don't know - yet," said the NFL's all-time passing leader, who has retired twice and returned, first to play for the New York Jets in 2008 and then the Vikings in 2009.

(Writing by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Steve Ginsburg)

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