Exactly one year ago to the day, August 17th, Brad Childress introduced Brett Favre to the practice field to begin his work with the Minnesota Vikings. Favre would go on to lead the team to the NFC Championship game before ending the season on an interception and a loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.
Jay Glazer of Fox reported that Favre told some of his Viking confidants that he is “back in.” While I think it’s ridiculous that Favre needed to be persuaded into coming back with a team that may be the most talented in the NFC, I guess his ego needed to be stroked a little more.
So, as we wait unanxiously for his plane to land and gush reluctantly that his addition makes the Vikings one of the favorites in the NFC to reach the Super Bowl, we have once again played into Favre’s media game.
The average fan, myself included, doesn’t care about Favre until early September when we find out whether he suits up or not. I just want to see him play. If he retires, we’ll know early in the season, and then we’ll plan for his five years until the Hall of Fame.
But anyone who believed that Favre was actually retiring for good was, once again, wrong. And if you put any money that he was staying retired, well, that wasn’t a bright decision.
So, your Minnesota Vikings should be one of the top teams—if not the top team—in the NFC next season. Favre should have another great season, though it probably won't match 2009, with its dynamic options on offense, but he’ll try to evade that vicious interception curse that has ended every season since he started this whole retire-then-return deal.
Like him or not, excited or not, even care about it or not: Favre’s back.