With Favre back in the saddle, the Vikings are true contenders.
He's here, he's practiced, and now he's done facing the media. Based on what Brett Favre said to us all this afternoon, one thing is for certain: We've misjudged him.
Tedy Bruschi can speak for any amount to us all he wants. He can go on rants, talk Favre down, and say how ashamed he is of Brad Childress, the Minnesota Vikings, or Favre's teammates, but it doesn't matter.
Because, let's face it. Bruschi isn't mad because Favre has misled anyone. Because he really hasn't. Bruschi isn't upset because Favre did anything to him personally.
In fact, if anything, Bruschi is jealous.
He's jealous that Favre's team still wants him, that Favre still has "it", and that whether we want to admit it or not, and whether Favre actually indeed cares or not, the football world does actually revolve around him.
But it doesn't revolve around Tedy Bruschi, and in his efforts to bad-mouth Favre and the Vikings on ESPN last night, he made it painfully obvious that Favre is less and less responsible for his weakening image and legacy. The media is.
But that's a story for another day. Bruschi can sit back down, use his hands to speak when his mouth and brain can't get all the right information out, and enjoy his desk job.
Because whether he likes it or not, the Silver Fox (Favre) is back in the saddle.
Folks, this is what it's all about. Not the media frenzy, or Favre's teammates laying it all out on the line, or even Favre's ankle, his indecisiveness, or all the other drama that envelopes his decision.
It's a team game, and Favre is showing us all right now, and last night as well, that he doesn't view himself as bigger or better than anyone and everyone else.
He's coming back for his teammates. He's doing it for someone other than himself.
If you still resent him for wanting to come back after retiring from the Green Bay Packers, the iron shield you've put up to thwart his charm should slowly be weakening.
Favre isn't doing this for the money, for personal accolades, his streak, touchdowns, or because of a hidden agenda.
His teammates have already said it for him, and we're likely to hear it from "The Fox" himself. He's doing this for his new team; his new football family.
The Packers were done with him, had a new model, and pushed him away. He wanted back in, they said no, and he asked for a trade. The New York Jets used him, got their own franchise passer, and then kicked him to the curb, as well.
And here we are with the Minnesota Vikings, the place and team no one would have ever thought Favre would have found vindication, and even more, revitalized his career.
You can say he's old, that the Saints are going to tee off on him. You can also say that he won't last 16 games, that he has devious reasons for a return, and that he's a waffler.
You can say whatever you want.
But the truth is, at least this time, Favre isn't being selfish.
He's returning to help the team he promised he'd do his damnedest to get to the Super Bowl.
It didn't work out in 2009, and despite his emotions and ankle pushing him another way, Favre once again went with his heart, and went with those who were close to him, nudging him in the right direction.
His teammates and family know that Favre has more thrills to give to the game. There are more games to be won, and there is more drama to be had. And whether or not it results in another off-season fiasco just doesn't matter anymore.
Because Favre is back in Minnesota, ready to go after that elusive second Super Bowl yet again. And love him or hate him, it's nearly impossible to deny, that he's doing it for all the right reasons.