There is no "I" in "team," nor is there an "I" in Brett Favre.
After what many thought would be Favre's last season in the NFL, he has decided to come back to the Minnesota Vikings and will attempt to win a Super Bowl for his teammates.
For much of the offseason, Vikings and NFL fans alike were thinking that Favre had lost his pedigree. The last game of his career would be a soul-crushing defeat, topped off by an interception that ended his NFL career the same way as it had begun.
For those who forget, Favre wasn't always the Zeus-like figure he is today.
In 1991, a young Favre was drafted in the second round, 33rd overall in the NFL Draft. The lucky team was the Atlanta Falcons. Unfortunately for Favre, he was coming into a situation where he was unappreciated and unwanted.
Falcons head coach Jerry Glanville did not approve of Favre and even said that it would take a plane crash for Favre to see any playing time. Not exactly a great start to a young quarterback's career.
Whether it was inexperience or the lack of support from the Falcons, Favre's first NFL season was a bust. Favre's first pass of the NFL season was an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Favre only attempted four more passes, none of which he completed.
Enter the 2009 NFC Championship game against the New Orleans Saints. Favre throws the football, like he has done countless times before, only this time it looks off. The throw is something of old, like an old college friend who hasn't aged well. The pass is wrong, Favre knows now, just like he knew in the beginning. Interception.
After 19 seasons, Favre was poised to go out the same way he came in.
A great career was finished, ending one of the best NFL careers in the history of the game on a low note. He was just too old, too worn down, playing a game for younger men. Men without the trappings of older men. Obligations to family, country, and loved ones outside of football and ultimately obligated to the wear of time.
Enter the Norsemen.
The Minnesota Vikings had suffered a bitter defeat after coming so close to fulfilling the dream. An old man's fate to end a storied career at its pinnacle, was no match for a state's road to salvation.The Saints beat the Vikings and went on to help mend a state still in shock and despair after a horrible natural disaster.
Now the three fates of old have turned their attention on the Vikings, or at least according to Marc Wolf and Rick Spielman. The Vikings were not willing to let Favre walk out and leave the team to move on to a life after football. After being a game away from the Super Bowl, the Vikings wanted to win.
On August 17th, the man who has "done it all" has returned to play for at least one more season. Favre came back because for his teammates. He feels he owes them another shot at glory. A career like Favre's couldn't end the way it began, his time has come and gone and now come again.
This year Favre will make his final impact, this year is the year of Favre.