First Posted: 8/20/2009 3:00:27 PM | Last Updated: 8/26/2009 5:47:31 PM
By Andy Furman Brett Favre turns 40 in October – and I’m already celebrating. He’ll be quarterbacking the Minnesota Vikings in the playoffs, while others his age will be whining on their couch. Favre completed his on-again-off-again retirement the other day and parlayed that into a $12-million plus deal to work for the Vikings. And, it’s a perfect match.
After 17 years in Green Bay and one in New York with the Jets, Favre seems to be the perfect addition to take Minnesota to the Promised Land. Sorry Cheese Heads -- but that’s the way it is. With the Vikings Favre finally has that complete running game. Adrian Peterson is perhaps the best running back in the National Football League. Add to that, Favre, who played in the NFC Central, is quite familiar not only with the climate, the teams, players and the playing surfaces.
There are those that predict his injured shoulder won’t last through the fall, and that may be true. But remember the 13-3 he guided the Jets to before he got hurt. That he skipped the two-plus weeks of Vikings’ training camp can only be a plus. Competitive juices and pride will guide the shoulder – as will his experience. What other reason could a close to 40-year-old want to take those licks every Sunday? It’s certainly not the money.
Favre claims his 10-year-old daughter was his inspiration for returning. If that’s the case, he could have played in Baltimore or Oakland. No – he’s smart like a fox. Brett Favre, who already a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame wanted a ring. And he provides the missing link that may not get them the ring – but it’ll be sure as hell fun watching the old man try. ##