The 2010 NFL season has been downright abysmal for Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings. From day one, the future Hall of Famer has been dogged by injuries, inconsistencies, and even a scandal which has acted as a thick layer of tarnish on an otherwise shining career.
With the Vikings facing playoff elimination on a weekly basis, one would have to think that this is the last hurrah for the ageless gunslinger.
Or perhaps not, as the trend has been.
Let’s take a quick peek at 10 reasons why Brett Favre will consider coming back to the Minnesota Vikings and the NFL in 2011.
Caveat: I am not suggesting that Brett Favre is or is not coming back, I'm just trying to look at the reasons why he could consider returning in 2011.
Favre finally has a coach who seemingly understands the concept of “Happy Favre” which bodes well for his penchant of wanting to call the shots. But Frazier also has a knack for being the coach and still letting Favre, well, be Favre.
As it stands now, of course.
So Favre could consider coming back under the notion that “things will be different” which also plays right into his optimistic side (and a little into his ego).
It's a side that is part of the reason why he won’t retire just yet.
This is a selfish reason, but it’s still a valid point. Favre knows he holds nearly every single record in football, but his legacy has taken a significant hit with the whole Jenn Sterger debacle, and his horrid performance.
Does anyone think Favre can seriously leave on such a low note?
For this reason, Favre could very much consider coming back just to clear his name and return himself to that immortal status he had as a Green Bay Packer.
It may not work with all the fans, but it would work for Favre himself.
There is one thing that no fan can understand: what goes on deep within the mind of an accomplished athlete like Brett Favre, and his love of the game.
Sure, we can “sort of” understand, but not to the extent of the player.
It is such a driving force that it makes some players firmly believe they can play until they are collecting AARP checks and getting senior discounts at Old Country Buffet.
Is it a good reason? No!
Is it a reason he could consider returning? Absolutely.
I have watched this guy for a very long time. And if it’s one thing I have learned, Favre cannot let certain things go.
Being one play away from the Super Bowl—because of his mistake—is one of them.
Say what you will, but Favre isn’t going to be happy, or at peace, until he rights that wrong. It’s just his makeup—and it is the kind of mental torment that could act as a reason to consider returning.
Just like Favre can’t let go of the deep past, he also has a hard time letting go of the immediate past.
Like this season.
Favre is currently throwing more interceptions than TDs and performed miserably. It just isn’t the form of closure Favre has in mind.
Think about it, the 2010 season is basically doing nothing more than compounding the problem for Favre, and the worse it gets, the more he could have a reason to consider returning.
Favre is, at times, a very selfish person. But Brett Favre is also—deep down—a football player.
Leaving the Minnesota Vikings on the hook, and simply walking away after the retirement issues, the media idiosyncrasies, and underachieving is not something that Favre will allow.
Favre needs to, at the very least, have a better season as a quarterback than 2010. Favre needs to show the Vikings he gave 100 percent, something in which he simply could not do this year. For this reason, he could consider returning for a true final go.
This could be one of the biggest reasons of them all.
I don’t think there is any way Brett Favre could find contentment in being a sideline announcer, TV analyst, or even a head coach.
Never mind being a restaurant owner, pastry chef, or continued spokesperson for Wrangler. This guy knows one thing: the indelible mark football has left on him. I also believe that thinking about the alternatives in the offseason is one of the culprits that keeps him coming back year in and year out.
This is a more obvious reason, but nonetheless a valid one.
One play away! Just one lousy play away. What would you do if you were Brett Favre?
I suppose in any speculative piece regarding a player, the money issue does have to be mentioned. And while I have no way of truly knowing whether money is a factor, I have to assume it does have some effect on the decision-making process.
Signing bonuses, performance incentives, playoff additions are all part of the paycheck’s construction which has a weird way of convincing someone to do something even they themselves may have already decided against.
There is also no way of knowing whether or not the Vikings will extend another offer to him and if so, what that will be.
But if the price is right, I have to assume that perhaps it could be a reason for him to consider returning.
To some football players, the fans are a bigger daily prize than hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. The roar of their cheers and jeers rushes through players' veins like the very blood that flows within.
Favre has been no stranger to the emotional side of football, and he's been very forthcoming about how he feels about his fans.
In short, he loves them. Sometimes, only because they love him.
With all of the other reasons mentioned—perhaps not the money reason—everything else is tied into the fanbase, from his mainstays in Green Bay to his new lot in Minnesota, all the way down to the casual ball fan who just likes him as a QB.
Their passion is his driving force. Their energy is his lifeline. Their presence is his identity and it is for this reason that Favre could very seriously consider returning in 2011.
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