Will he or won’t he? Future Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Brett Favre may be un-retiring yet again, this time to play with my Minnesota Vikings after his one-year stay with the New York Jets (after his glorious 16 seasons in Green Bay of course). The latest report is that Favre has supposedly told Vikes coach Brad Childress (my least favorite since the atrocious Les Steckel by the way) that he is indeed still set on the retirement thing and he’s done. But do we really believe it? Maybe he doesn’t want to go to camp early with everybody else, but (and it’s a big but) if his arm is healthy, even at 40 this guy is light years ahead of current Vikes QBs Tavaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfelt.
He’d be walking into a nearly perfect situation: one of the best overall defenses and the best rushing defense in the league; possibly the best running back in the league in Adrian Peterson and an excellent back-up in Chester Taylor; a good offensive line; a stud wide receiver in Bernard Berrian who led the league in yards-per-catch; a potentially game-breaking offensive threat in rookie Percy Harvin from Florida; and an offensive system that he’s familiar with. With all this talent, the Vikings still only went 10-6 last year and clearly need the things that Favre can provide–experience, leadership, and a rifle arm.
Maybe Brett just wanted to avoid any big announcements on Manny’s day of infamy. But even I, a lifelong Packer hater, would be down with the man taking one last shot at glory at the helm of the Vikings. And I won’t believe he’s not going to do it until someone else is under Center for that first exhibition game.