Brett Favre Joins the Minnesota Vikings

Anthony PascualContributor IAugust 19, 2009

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - AUGUST 18: Brett Favre talks with the media after his first practice with the Minnesota Vikings on August 18, 2009 at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  (Photo by Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)

Brett Favre signed a 2 year 25 million dollar contract deal with the Minnesota Vikings earlier this week.  With the Vikings having possibly the best running back in the league, this might be a perfect fit for him.  Brett Favre is known to be one of the best leaders on and off the field.  This might be just the key for the Vikings this season.

Coming off recent shoulder surgery and admitting in today's press conference that he wasn't 100% might be the only downfall to signing Favre.  This is a gamble for the Minnesota Vikings, but Brett Favre has proven to be one of the most consistent players of all time.

Brett Favre being a very popular player, he has already sold around 1,200 jersies as a Minnesota Viking at

He is not in Minnesota to sell product, he wants to win games.  He says there is nothing like winning games to him. He also isn't guaranteeing anything but his best.  Will this be good enough for the Vikings to be Super Bowl contenders? Only time will tell, but on paper this looks like the missing puzzle piece.

The Minnesota Vikings have to be happy now, having a three-time Most Valuable player and the all-time leading passer as their quarterback for this season. Minnesota being more of a rushing team will be perfect for Favre, not forcing him to carry all the weight on his shoulders, as he has had to do in previous years.

“After I said no three weeks ago, at times I was okay with it, other times I felt like I could really help that team,” Favre said. “That was the competitive fire in me. I didn’t want to look back. I didn’t want to say, 'What if?'"

Five days before Favre's 40th birthday, the Vikings will be hosting his former team and now rival, the Green Bay Packers, on November first. 

“I think I made the right decision,” said Favre, who might play a couple of series in the Vikings’ next exhibition game on Aug. 21. “Time will tell.”