Favre and Modano are already two of the most respected professional athletes in any sport.
But that doesn't mean there aren't great players coming up behind them.
Favre and Modano should return for 2010 because this could be their last chance to play alongside some of the other elite players in the NFL and NHL.
One of Favre's teammates is running back Adrian Peterson, who has played all three of his NFL seasons with the Vikings. In the 2009 season, his 18 touchdowns led the NFL in scoring by non-kickers. He is also second in team history with 19, 100 or more yards rushed games and a three time Pro Bowl starter.
Hockeytown has had many great players wear the red and white such as Gordie Howe and Steve Yzerman. But Modano will come into a team that boasts Henrik Zetterberg, a member of the Triple Gold Club with a Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold medal, and a World Championship gold medal.
Modano will also get to be teammates with Nicklas Lidstrom, the current Detroit captain who has spent his entire career there. Lidstrom has won four Stanley Cups and six Norris Trophies. He has also been named to 10 NHL All-Star Games.
One elite player on a team is exciting enough for media and fans. But to have two or three?
Fans have that much more to be excited about. The expectations for the Vikings and Wings seasons will be high, but both players should be excited about the caliber of teammates they have.