Minnesota Vikings Great Ron Yary: Favre Would Have Brought Team Championships

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IJune 8, 2009

Hall of Famer Ron Yary, who played for the Minnesota Vikings from 1968 to 1981, has thrown in his two cents regarding retired quarterback Brett Favre.

In Yary's opinion, the Vikings would be displaying some Lombardi Trophies at Winter Park if Favre had been their quarterback when he played. He recently told the St. Paul Pioneer Press his thoughts on the former MVP quarterback.  

"If the Vikings would have had Brett Favre during the time of my career, we would have been 7-0 in Super Bowls. Absolutely," Yary said.

Yary said he isn't the only Vikings offensive star who loves what Favre has done on the field. Former Vikings offensive coordinator and head coach Jerry Burns, who was known for his great offensive mind, told Yary that he considers Favre the best quarterback of all time.

"In 2000, I had dinner with Jerry Burns in Washington, D.C., and I asked Jerry who he thought was the best quarterback of all time," Yary said. "And before I even got the sentence out of my mouth, he said, 'Brett Favre.'"

"It's easy to draw a play based on defensive schemes," Yary said. "But a great coordinator can take the best skills of their players and incorporate that into their offensive scheme or defensive scheme.

"That's what makes a coach a great coach. Jerry Burns was able to do that with every quarterback he coached, as well as every other player on the offense. So I respect Jerry's opinion of Brett Favre as being the best who ever played the game."

Because of all that he has done as a player, Yary thinks Favre should have the right to do as he wishes.

"Brett Favre has played great football for many years, and at 39 years old, because of all the great things he's done for Green Bay, and that he's at the end of his career, he should have the right to decide when he wishes to leave and how he leaves football, and the right to talk to who he wants about it," Yary said.

It was reported Sunday evening that Favre had surgery last month on his throwing shoulder to cut an injured tendon. The injury occurred last season when he was with the New York Jets.

According to various reports, the partially torn tendon in his right arm was causing the pain, but the release of the tendon could eliminate that and help him recover.

Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that Favre was still testing his arm and that it wasn't close to 100 percent yet. It generally takes six to eight weeks to recover from that type of surgery.

Still, it is easy to say that the three-time NFL MVP wants to return to the league if he can get his arm in proper condition.

The Vikings will run another organized team activities session from Tuesday through Thursday. The team also has OTAs scheduled for next week, but head coach Brad Childress has been known to cancel those practices as a reward to players for their work in previous sessions.