Brett Favre has returned to the Minnesota Vikings, putting off retirement for what seems like the 100th consecutive season. What does this mean for the Vikings? More importantly, what does it mean for Brett Favre himself?
For the Vikings, this is another shot at Super Bowl glory. Minnesota has a deep and talented team with only two issues. The first was the fact that Tavaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels are great backup quarterbacks, but neither was good enough to take a team to the Super Bowl. Favre coming back gives Minnesota the quarterback they need to win.
Minnesota's other issue is age. Brett Favre is coming back to an old team trying to win before it's too late. This is a double edged sword, as Minnesota has a chance to win, but they cannot rebuild as long Favre is on the roster. This is a win now move for the Vikings, and there is a good chance it will work.
In Brett Favre's case, it's not so simple. He isn't ready to leave the game, and he won't be until he wins another Super Bowl. It was makes the marriage between Favre and Minnesota so perfect. A quarterback and team both desparate and able to win. It sounds like a win-win situation for all involved.
Favre did have a career year last year (33 TD, 7 INT, 4200 YDS, 68.2% COMP, and a 107.2 QB rating), but he isn't getting any younger. In the last two offseasons he has had arm and ankle surgery. Will he get hurt again this season? Could it cost him his incredible consecutive games streak?
I fear it could be far worse for Favre. He is a very competitive man, and I personally believe he will not willingly retire until he has another Super Bowl ring. The fear is that he has a serious, career ending injury before he wins. Every year the Vikings team gets a little older to put established talent around Favre and keep the window open. Each year their chances of winning get a little less, and Favre gets more likely to be injured.
I have utmost respect for Brett Favre, and if I could talk to him I would give him one piece of well meaning advice. He may be the most passionate, competitive football player ever, but if you don't win this year Brett... Please retire. Give it one last shot and get out before it's too late.