August 18, 2010
As you may have heard, three Vikings players took a trip down to Hattiesburg, Miss., Monday to see Brett Favre(notes). But what was their mission? To beg? To issue an ultimatum? To offer chauffeur services? Steve Hutchinson explained on the NFL Network.
According to Hutchinson, the Vikings asked him, [Jared] Allen and [Ryan] Longwell to visit Favre in Mississippi and either bring him back or wish him well in retirement. The trio arrived at Favre's house too late Monday to have a conversation and stayed overnight on the premises. In the morning, Hutchinson said, Favre took everyone on a tour of his property, then the subject of his possible return or retirement was broached.
"We told him how much all the guys loved playing with him and that we would love to do it again," Hutchinson told [NFL Network's Rich] Eisen. "We also told him that if he didn't want to do it, then congratulations, you deserve it. You've had an incredible career, but we've got to know one way or another."
Hutchinson said Favre then did most of the talking, leaving the seven-time Pro Bowl guard with the impression that the quarterback had pondered his decision for several weeks, if not months. Over the course of two to three hours, broken up over two chats, Favre told Hutchinson, Allen and Longwell how much he loved playing with them and the other Vikings last season and also raved about the "special bond" they instantly formed.
At that point, according to Hutchinson, Favre matter-of-factly said, "OK, let's do it."
Judging from the first sentence there, it sounds like it was an ultimatum. Decide right now, or we're moving on without you. That seems like a pretty clear indication that the Vikings organization was getting a little frustrated with Favre's indecisiveness.
Also interesting? The health of his ankle might not have been the major issue for Favre.
Surprisingly, Hutchinson said Favre spoke little about his surgically repaired left ankle and instead focused more on personal reasons about whether or not to play.
So that's how it all went down, according to Hutchinson. As it turned out, all Favre needed was a deadline. All he needed was a reminder that his decision affected other people, not just himself.
If you're a Vikings fan or a Favre fan, how does that make you feel? If you're upset, you wouldn't be alone. Rod Woodson says he's lost respect for Favre. I'd be in the same boat, if I hadn't lost it a long, long time ago.
At any rate, I'm just glad it's all over. An official announcement has arrived and Favre will be back at practice Wednesday.
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