Brett Favre's appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno came and went on Thursday night, and the late night rolled into early Friday morning with the legendary quarterback still undecided on his future .
At least, according to the people outside of his inner circle.
Regardless, the public and the media still don't have any true clues as to what Favre is thinking, when/if he will return for another NFL season, or when we'll even know.
And, quite honestly, that's just fine.
The fact is, Favre is in no rush, the Vikings are in no rush, and the only thing pushing this thing to be "over with" are testy fans and analysts who get paid to, well, excite those testy fans.
But until he does come to a decision, Favre will be read about, talked about, written about, and "Googled".
So, in an effort to ease the hearts and minds of all the Brett Favre and/or Minnsota Vikings fans out there, here are five reasons why it's okay that he takes all the time he needs to come to a concrete decision:
1. Because, What If He Does Retire?
Hate him all you want, but once (if?) Favre actually does retire, you're going to miss him. Or at least you'll miss all the energy and time that went into hating him.
Still, regardless of your take on Favre as the media whore, the waffler, or the boy-ish gunslinger, there's no denying his impact on the game.
The truth is, once he finally does hang'em up, the ones who pushed him away will be sorry they did. Well, some of them.
2. The Vikings Aren't Losing Sleep
That Donovan McNabb trade talk involving the Vikings has quieted down quite a bit, hasn't it? Firstly, I believe that's partially because the Vikes and Favre already have a pretty good idea as to what's going on in 2010.
Secondly, it's because the Eagles aren't even sure who they want their starting quarterback to be next year.
But mostly, it's because the Vikings would simply be in the same exact situation they were in last year, and short of pulling off some ridiculous trade, it's either Favre or "those other two guys" they already have on their roster.
3. They Just NFL&id=3708" title="Dissed Tarvaris Jackson" target="_blank">Dissed Tarvaris Jackson
Whether it was directly or indirectly, the fact that the Vikings tendered back-up quarterback Tarvaris Jackson with a third-round pick suggests that they really don't care if someone else wants him or not.
In fact, odds are, they're crossing their fingers the Panthers (who just released Jake Delhomme ) want Jackson, or that a team like the Buffalo Bills (Chan Gailey loves athletic passers) would pull the trigger.
A third round pick for Jackson isn't a cheap price, but if someone views him as the real deal, or at least worth taking a chance on, it's not a bad trade. After all, Jackson was originally a second-rounder, so the team making the trade would technically be getting a discount.
Another aspect of this, besides the Vikings clearly not being in love with Jackson anymore, is that their lack of interest in him could mean they feel pretty good at quarterback heading into the new season.
Is that because of Sage "Helicopter Man" Rosenfals, or is it because they think/know Favre is coming back?
4. We Love the Drama
Let's face it. If Favre revealed his intentions on The Tonight Show , you would have lost a little bit of respect for him. Favre fans would have been elated for about 10 minutes, and then they'd have to come to terms with the fact that the NFL season is truly over.
However, with Favre still under contract, and not officially retired or actively playing, the season plays on. The "Brett Favre" season, anyways.
Which leads me to my last point, as to why it's okay that Favre takes his time...
5. Cuz He's Brett Friggin' Favre
Give the guy a break. Beyond the fact that he has every record worth mentioning, a Super Bowl ring, and that whole "streak" thing, this guy brings something to the game that no one ever has: gusto, baby.
There really isn't any way to explain it. No one has ever played with his passionate, fun-loving style, and made a sport that can often be gruesome and brutal, appear so damn cuddly and cute.
Favre makes magic happen. He's clutch, he sucks, he's prolific, and he's injury + bad weather + miracle + tragedy, wrapped with raw onions and some steak in a fiery hot fajita called "yowza".
He's pure, majestic, dramatic bliss.
Truth be told, you smiled every time he threw a touchdown in his first win against the Packers.
Oh, and when he finally beat the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs, you just about cried.
Why is Brett Favre still "the man", the greatest quarterback (arguably) of all-time, and has earned all the time in the world to come to a decision on playing in 2010 or not?
Cuz he's Brett friggin' Favre, that's why.
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