Mercifully, for those who can't go too long without those Favre-isms, we now have an update. In a recent interview with the Biloxi Sun Herald, Minnesota's alleged starting quarterback discussed his thoughts about a return for a 20th NFL season. "I know I can still play at a high level," Favre told the paper. "Last year was a great year, but it could have been better (losing NFC Championship). When (Vikings head coach Brad) Childress came to my home a few weeks ago, he told me to take my time. But the team would need to know at some point."
Of course, when he's talking about the potential for the season to be better, Favre means the Vikings' overtime loss in the NFC Championship game. The league has already changed postseason overtime rules in a retroactive move that disclosed how many wanted that game to turn out differently, and Favre obviously doesn't disagree. "I would love to go beat the Saints," Favre said. "I want to win every game that I play. People tell me all the time to go beat the Saints and redeem yourself." The Saints and Vikings will stage a rematch to open the 2010 season on Thursday, Sept. 9.
"People said the same thing with Green Bay the year before. It was, ‘You have to go back and beat Green Bay.' I don't want to be in my 20th year and hear people say, ‘You have to redeem yourself.' Like I said, I would love to go beat the Saints. But what if that doesn't happen?"
Ah ... there's the mystery. What if it doesn't happen? In answering that question, I think it's important to remember that if he were to actually retire for good now, Favre's stints with his last two teams would be remembered for late NFC Championship game interceptions that turned the tide against his squad. There was the pick against the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants in the 2007 season, and the pick to soon-to-be Super Bowl hero Tracy Porter(notes) in Minnesota's 31-28 loss. In both games, Favre put up a 70-ish quarterback rating and fell short of his ultimate goal.
Favre also hurt his ankle against the Saints, but surgery has apparently been successful. Now, all that's left is for the decision to be made. Favre is well aware that his vacillating on this subject drives people crazy (though not as crazy as the constant media overcooking whenever he makes a non-statement), but he's still making up his mind. Or so he says.
‘‘I just don't know. I do not want to stir the pot. If it (the comment) comes from me, it's a big deal. At my age, all surgeries are major. The three I've had on the same ankle were considered minor, but major to me. It feels fine now. If my body was a wreck, the decision would be made. But that is not the case. I know they (Vikings) want to know.
‘‘Hell, I want to know. But I am not going to press it. If I do not play, it does not cost the Vikings a dime. They keep the $13 million (he would be owed this season). I know they have confidence in the players they have. They had a chance to draft (Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy) Clausen in the first round, but they didn't want (him)."
Probably because the Vikings know, just as the rest of us know, that Favre will come back for another go. In the meantime, he'll be ruled by his need to control the drama he creates with his frequent silence and occasional statements.
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