Brett Favre with Aaron Rodgers
Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre (left) and current Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers are shown onstage during an NFL Honors award show in New Orleans, Feb. 2, 2013. Reuters/Jeff Haynes

Brett Favre finished his career with the Minnesota Vikings five years ago but the former NFL quarterback believes he can still play in the league. However, Favre, who is now 45 years old, assured in a recent interview that he won't attempt an NFL comeback.

"I think I could play. 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,” Favre said, as Sports Illustrated reports in an upcoming issue. “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."

Favre will be on the cover of the magazine, wearing his old No. 4 jersey from the Green Bay Packers, the team for which he played from 1992 to 2007. He later played for the New York Jets (2008) and the Vikings (2009 to 2010). It will be the first time Favre will be seen wearing a Packers jersey since 2008.

Favre is the Packers’ all-time leader in passing yards (71,838), passing completions (6,300), passing touchdowns (508), pass attempts (10,169) and interceptions (336). He helped the team to an NFL title in 1997, winning Super Bowl XXXI.