Five Surefire Signs That Brett Favre Will Be Back in 2010

Chris YoungCorrespondent IJune 11, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 17:  Quarterback Brett Favre 4# of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates touchdown in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Much respect to Peyton Manning, but Favre deserved to be the NFL MVP last season. Favre had a better year; he pulled off 33 touchdowns and only seven interceptions at age 40.

Brett Favre's recent decision to have surgery on his left ankle gave the Minnesota Vikings more reason to believe he'll be their quarterback again this season.

Favre wants fans to guess and wonder if the signs he gives out will actually be what he does—a guessing game on our part.

Brett Favre is a drama queen and he loves the media attention leading up to the season. Like most veterans Brett hates training camp and living in the dorms. He would rather stand above everyone and watch all of us run around like a bunch of rats trying to figure what his future will be.


1. Favre finally had ankle surgery.

On April 30, 2010 Favre informed ESPN's Ed Werder that he was informed by renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews that his ankle injury, which he suffered in the 2009 NFC Championship Game, had not healed and would require surgery to repair it if he wanted to continue to play for a twentieth season in the league. Favre had to either face the prospect of having surgery or retirement.

He issued this statement, saying: "This decision would be easy if not for my teammates and the fans and the entire Vikings staff. One year truly felt like 10—much like Green Bay for many years. That's what I was missing in my heart I suppose, a sense of belonging."

Brett Favre had ankle surgery, which makes it a definite lock that Favre will play. Why else would a 40-year-old have optional surgery that will have little to no impact on his overall quality of life?


2. Brad Childress is too content with the absence of Favre.

Brad Childress says he is in no hurry to get Brett Favre back on the field.

Childress is still waiting to hear if Favre will join the Vikings as their quarterback. With Favre still working out in Mississippi and reports coming daily on his intended announcement date, the health of his arm and even his state of mind, Childress said he really doesn't know what the quarterback will decide to do.

Childress just seems to at ease with everything. I get the vibe that everything is fine; otherwise he would have been caught in Mississippi looking for Favre.

I am pretty sure the Vikings and Brett Favre are all on the same page. Work to improve the team and by the time pre-season comes around Brett Favre will be back in uniform, just in time to miss all of the dirty work.


3. Darren Sharper vs. Brett Favre and the Vikings

The feud started May 21st when Darren Sharper implied that the Saints would go after Brett Favre's surgically repaired ankle in the 2010 season opener if the quarterback returns to the Vikings.

Shiancoe and Sharper have been sniping back and forth with tweets, a feud that started when Sharper implied New Orleans would go after Brett Favre's surgically repaired ankle in the season opener in September.

The latest exchange happened when some Vikings visited the Minnesota National Guard on Tuesday. Shiancoe posted a photo of a target used for shooting practice. The target had a picture of Osama Bin Laden saying, "I'm Darren Sharper," with Sharper's No. 42 on his chest.

The smack talk has been playful throughout, though Sharper appeared to take exception to the photo of the target.

"Ok homeboy you done went too far, making me out to be something that has brought this country a lot of heartache," Sharper tweeted Wednesday. "Imma bust you right under your chinstrap from the first play on. I don't care about the fine. ... Imma do it for the red, white & blue."

"And you'll see me cuz I'll be dressed in black & gold," Sharper tweeted. "Protect your neck that's all the warning you get."

Brett Favre has been trying to prove himself and his longevity since day one. I do not think he wants to keep getting laid out, but I bet he will take on Darren Shaper and throw all this trash talk in his face.


4. Brett’s Super Bowl chances

Brett Favre and Minnesota’s chances to win the Super Bowl in Arlington on February 6th, 2011 are pretty good. Favre gives the Vikings the best chance behind center to win.

Minnesota has done nothing but improve their team this year. The chemistry Brett Favre will have with the team can only get better; it would be nice to get the chemistry in a bit early.

The Vikings played very well last year and should be able to play at a higher level in 2010. Injuries will be big this year, stay away from the injury bug and it could pay off.

I doubt he will have the great season he had in 2009, but he could play well enough to land Minnesota their first Super Bowl victory.


5. Brett's Ego

Brett Favre and his ego have gone out of control, but what can you do. He is basically bigger than the NFL.

In 2009, Brett Favre recorded one of his best NFL season throughout his entire 18-year career. Favre smashed his career-high completion percentage (68.4), posted his third-best yardage season, and perhaps most impressively logged the best yards-per-attempt average of his 18-season career.

Favre has stated before he would return to the game if he had a chance to win a Super Bowl. 2010 will most likely be his best chance to win one; I do not think he can or will retire until he wins a Super Bowl.

Favre's future has been up in the air since the Vikings lost in the NFC championship game in January. He's coming off what he has called the best season of his 19-year career.

Many believe Favre and the Vikings are on the same page as Favre rehabs post-ankle surgery, but the announcement of a return and a date on when Favre will show up to practice is yet to be determined.

Favre has thrown an interception three times in the last four years to end the season. This would be another good reason why he would come back, some sort of redemption and who wants to retire on an interception in a big game.

Brett Favre made a commercial with Sears. When I saw it for the first time, it kind of aggravated me. All he wants to do is win the Super Bowl. I cannot blame him for that, but he makes these decisions at everyone else’s expense. Green Bay, New York, and Minnesota all had to wait and wonder how they will run the offseason while Brett Favre enjoys watching his own show that he has put on.

Maybe his ego is what’s robbing him of a Super Bowl. I’m sure in the back of his mind he is thinking I’ll always be one of the best, but if I win another Super Bowl the argument could be in my favor, I think I’ll play another year!

I absolutely think he'll be back with the Vikings in 2010, I just hope all of this goes away soon.