Brett Favre should heed the advice of Mark Twain's character Pudd'nhead Wilson. He said, "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything."
As much as Favre loves to use the media to show the "aww shucks" guy he is when the cameras are on him, he must forget when he says something people remember it and it can come back to haunt him.
Recently Favre told Cleveland reporters about his injury while with the New York Jets.
"Absolutely. I was receptive to (sitting) last year," Favre said. "When we finally did an MRI and found out I had a torn biceps last year, I felt like, with about four or five games left, that even though I was making some pretty good throws and some decent plays, I felt like I was doing the team more harm because I was missing on some throws."
Now that may seem harmless at first, if you ignore the fact that it's throwing the Jets and GM Mike Tannenbaum under the bus for not properly listing an injured player on the injury list. After all, Favre doesn't just go around throwing GM's under the bus, does he?
What really struck me as disturbing and contradicting is what Favre said during a Jets press conference at the end of last season. On December 28, 2008 Favre told reporters why he had played so poorly the last several games of the season.
"It hurts in the back (of the shoulder), hurts down in the biceps and, occasionally, in my neck," Favre said about his sore shoulder. "Other than that, it's fine."
Then when asked what was wrong with his shoulder, Favre had this to say:
"It didn't feel like it should, I do know that," Favre said of his shoulder. "Whether or not it requires surgery, depending on what it would be, that's something else I would have to weigh on whether or not, first of all, I would want surgery.
"Second of all, if I need it, would I play or not? It's one of those things. I'm 39, I don't want to have to have a bunch of surgeries to continue playing. I really don't know what it would show."
On December 28, 2008, Favre doesn't know what is wrong with his shoulder, just that it's bothering him and he hasn't had an MRI done on it.
Then on September 9, 2009, Favre says he had an MRI done with four or five games left in the season and found out it was a bicep problem.
So which is it Brett?
Put aside he has changed his mind about retirement multiple times.
Forget that three weeks before he signed with the Vikings he told them he "didn't feel like physically I could play at a level that was acceptable," only to sign with them and reveal he has a torn rotator cuff.
After spending this last offseason hinting he will only come back if he is healthy and can commit to the Vikings 100 percent, he tells reporters that he is "not physically or mentally 100 percent. I don’t know at 39 if I’d ever be 100 percent physically.”
So it's not like there is a history of contradiction from Favre (and I could go on and on).
Let us revisit that "four or five games left" comment. Not only did Favre not know what was wrong with his "shoulder" after his last game with the Jets, on December 26, 2008, BEFORE his last game with the Jets, Favre told reporters this comment about his ailing shoulder and what his end of year physical might show:
"I think [the examination] will reveal one way or another if there is something wrong," Favre said. "I don't want to make a big deal of it. I don't want to make excuses because I feel like I can make every throw."
If you look at Tannenbaum's comments, he never confirms or denies Favre had an MRI during the season, just that he and key personnel ( including Favre) decided Favre can play through his injury (something Favre has done throughout his career).
At the end of last season, Favre didn't know what was wrong with his "shoulder." Now Favre says he and the Jets knew he had a bad "bicep" all along.
Last season Favre said he can make every throw, but now Favre says he had no problem with Kellen Clemens replacing him last year.
Which is the truth? Or is Favre just misremembering?
At least his ugly divorce with the Packers and subsequent comments didn't get them into trouble with the league. This time, Favre's contradictory statements might lead to penalties against the Jets.