Brett Favre: Is Favre's Ankle Injury an Excuse To Miss Camp?

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistAugust 8, 2010

Brett Favre is a man of many natures.  He's a man of great passing, he's a man of charisma, he's a man of humor, he's a man of jeans, and more importantly, he's a man that has revolutionized the quarterback position like no other in his near two decade career.

However, what many people choose to ignore about Favre, is his attitude toward offseason activities.

Sure he was a "thick and thin" style player during his time with the Green Bay Packers, but when it comes to how Favre has behaved during his short tenure with the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings, well let's just say he hasn't been the easiest guy to work with off the field.

Now, don't go asking Brad Childress about how Favre acts away from the game, as he'd probably give you a very timid answer, and would prefer to think about all the positive Favre has brought to the Vikings, rather than the constant "hot and cold" attitude, that number four has brought to his team.

Luckily though, we don't have to ask Childress what Favre is like away from the game, as we all have a pretty firm idea of how this man acts during his down time.

For the most part, Favre is your typical deep South citizen.  He drives a truck, he loves to fish and allows his stubble to grow in like Batman escapes a nerve wracking situation, quite easily.

But before we go ahead and praise the old time Favre that we have come to know and love like our own grandfather or somebody of that nature, an interesting question that has slipped under most peoples radars has been brought to my attention today.

Is Favre using his ankle injury as an excuse to miss training camp?

It is possible.

You seee, I don't think it's any secret that Favre's ankle injury is still a bother.  He himself stated that "If I'm healthy, sure I'll play" and these words alone don't sound like a man who is 100% confident in his fitness levels right now.

Therefore, given that Favre is still a little tender, he may be milking the injury a little to skip out on team organized activities.

Unfortunately though, the issue isn't as simple as that.  No, Favre has had a tendency to miss the odd training camp or two.  He has made a nasty habit out of giving the cold shoulder to his coaches, when it comes to scraping off the offseason rust, and lacing up for September.

Of course, the argument could be that Favre indeed doesn't need to attend any sort of training camp.  After all, he does know the in's and outs of the game like the back of his hand, and is more than capable of putting together a winning season without a few weeks practice.

Still, if we compare Favre to other great athletes such as Michael Jordan, none of those guys skipped out on any part of their team's training; as they were simply devoted enough to show up, and make sure their coach got the very best out of them.

So is Favre cheating the Vikings a little when it comes to his full devotion?

I think it's more than fair to say that he is.  Firstly, he has made the Vikings wait a very, very long time.  And secondly, he hasn't been all that clear on his intentions.

Away from what we already know, his devotion to training camp has been dismal, as it appears Favre would rather show up during the midway point of preseason, get in a few games of practice, and gear up for the regular season.

Now, I am aware that some of you may see nothing wrong with this at all.  But for a player that has been deemed as one of the leagues greats, isn't this just a little wrong?

For the record, many young children look up to Favre, and at one stage in my life, I did too.  Isn't this the complete opposite message that we want to send our future stars?

Consider that.

As for Favre himself, perhaps his ankle is still sore, we'll only know as much as he tells us.  Realistically, Favre has led us all on a guessing game, and funnily enough he is the only guy with the real answer.

For the Vikings, Favre will still be loved either way.  It's hard to become disloyal to a guy that led you to the NFC Championship Game, and was an overtime away from jumping the last hurdle.

However, if it does turn out that Favre has once again missed training camp due to a sorry excuse, then the Vikings may want to consider why they are paying this man such a high salary.

Favre lovers, this is probably nothing new.  We've all seen it before from Brett, and we'll probably see it again.  The man has no love for training camp, and as well a polished athlete as he is, this is kind of a disappointment.

Still, he may show up one of these days and prove us all wrong.  In the mean time, I advise you not to sit tight, this scenario isn't worth wasting time over.


Ryan Cook is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report . He is also an NFL columnist for Real Sports Net and a Green Bay Packers writer for Fan Huddle and PackerChatters . Ryan is also a contributing writer for Detroit Lions Talk, Gack Sports and Generation Y Sports .  Don't forget to follow him on Twitter .