Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings: Perfect Together?

Ray TannockSenior Analyst IOctober 30, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 17:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Mall of America Field on October 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Cowboys 24-21.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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According to reports coming from Minnesota, quarterback Brett Favre is making every effort to play against the New England Patriots this week.

In a news conference earlier this week, Favre was quoted as saying: "I'm willing to give it a try, I want to play, and I want to help this team win. I'm more committed today than I was before the injury. I've done it in the past, and I can do it again."

Wait, what?

Mr. Favre you have two glaring issues with this comment that really needs to be explained, albeit I’ll never personally get one, but you all know what I’m getting at, right?

…I want to help this team win.” Then why, sir, do you insist upon keeping yourself in a game you are performing poorly in, or physically have no business being in? Furthermore, do you think your seven to 10 TD to INT ratio helps anyone, other than your own stat line?

Mr. Favre, if you truly want to help this team then perhaps you may want to—at the very least—forget about your consecutive start record, and give that bad ankle a rest. We all know that you’ve done this before, but that was before you current days of Geritol, Tiger Balm, and “over the hill” birthday cards. 

“…I’m more committed today than I was before the injury.”  What’s that commercial? ‘Wanna get away’?  Seriously, Favre? So could this be an explanation for your tepid performance as of late? Doesn’t this comment contradict your other comments?  Don’t you feel that if you weren’t as committed at the start of the season you should have hung it up and let somebody else—somebody with more commitment might I add—take over?

Mr. Favre, I have to admit that it appears you are simply trying your hand at resting on your own laurels, rather than effectively trying to help a talented team reach their potential.

Your ability to play through injuries is not what it used to be, and it is affording you nothing but bad decisions, and poor throws.

The media circus that is never-ending, and perpetually changing is disallowing you time for more constructive things such as healing and practicing.

Your media comments—often curious to say the least—shows a hidden possibility of possessing a disingenuous side that benefits no one person.

Please, Mr. Favre, for the sake of the Minnesota faithful and this hard working team, sit out this week if you can’t go and come to terms with the fact that you returned for another season; a decision that holds a great deal or responsibility.

And if you are incapable of either of the aforementioned, then do everyone a favor—yourself included—and just retire before you ruin the “All-Time Great” name you have earned; a name that is fading into the bowels of embarrassment, instead of rising to the peak of immortality.

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