Michael Phelps: Don’t compare me to Brett Favre

Feb 1, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Michael Phelps attends a press conference in preparation for Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens at the New Orleans Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

USA swimming star Michael Phelps has left the door open for a return to the pool as he stay registered as an Olympic athlete and continues to get tested by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Phelps had previously said that he plans to retire, but by staying in the drug testing program his options are still there.

When Phelps discussed the possibility of a return, he made it clear that he is still weighing the decision. He just doesn’t want to be compared to another former great in the sports world that flip-flopped about his retirement.

“If I decide to keep going and swim again, then I’ll compete,” Phelps told The Associated Press. ”If I don’t. I guess I’ll re-retire. Just don’t compare me to Brett Favre.”

Phelps has lost 15 pounds since he began re-weighing his options, and he will be eligible to compete in March.

If Phelps remains in the drug-testing pool, we could see him next year in the 2014 U.S. Championships and potentially in the 2015 World Championships is he wants to give the Olympics one more shot.

Topics: Michael Phelps, Olympics, USA Swimming

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