By now, we should be able to realize a mirage when we see it, especially one concerning Favre.
That's not to say Favre's currently disabled ankle couldn't keep him out of 2010, or that this is all part of an act to keep him off the training fields until early August.
True, the foot, ankle, and leg as a whole are vital pieces to an NFL quarterback's success. Any type of injury below the waist is always serious when a passer relies on mobility in and out of the pocket, as well as stance and balance.
This rings especially true when we're talking about a future Hall of Famer who has played roughly two decades of football at the professional level, is a grandpa, and has taken the type of beating Favre has.
Forget about his career leading up to last year's NFC Championship game against the New Orleans Saints. All you need to look at to fear for his livelihood are the various hits he sustained in that one game.
Nevertheless, this is another media frenzy that will ultimately appear to be a grand hoax. One way or another, regardless of the severity of the injury, Brett Favre will continue playing football in the NFL.
The facts remain: Brett Favre loves playing football. Pain is nothing new to him. This Vikings team has as good as a chance at a Super Bowl as Favre, or anyone else his age, will ever come close to.
Furthermore, he even recently admitted that he feels a sense of "belonging," something he truly didn't feel over the course of his final three to four seasons (and possibly longer) while with the Green Bay Packers.
The truth is, Favre gave everything he had in 2009, but made one grave mistake at the worst possible time, and it cost him and his team dearly.
Instead of pointing fingers, allocating blame, and giving up on their "silver bearded" veteran gunslinger, his team backed him as a whole.
No quarterback in the 2010 NFL Draft ? No problem.
This isn't a ploy to keep Favre from training with his teammates. Just a rational excuse for him to "take it easy" until he truly has to be there.
He showed he could do it last year, and he was 39 then. What's another year older going to change anything?
Answer: It won't.
Despite recent reports claiming that Favre would absolutely need surgery on his ankle to play in 2010, he has already cleared the air by saying that he won't need surgery, after all.
The mere fact that he "cleared things up," along with his gift of new Wrangler jeans to all his teammates, shows he still wants to be a part of the current picture in Minnesota.
Everyone wants Favre back, and Favre wants nothing more than to come back, make up for that last costly interception, and go out on top.
If there's one thing we've learned about Brett Favre, it's that he won't let a measly bum ankle get in his way of the game he loves.
After all, this is the same guy who hasn't missed a start in the rigorous elements of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and the violent environment of the NFL, for nearly 20 years.
Like The Terminator , you can count on it: He'll be back.
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