Brett Favre: Until He Actually Shows Up, The Vikings Need To Forget About Him

Bryan Haas@@thehaastileoneFeatured ColumnistMay 23, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - MARCH 06: Quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers announces his retirement at a press conference on March 6, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Lately in the world of football, it seems as if we are all following the latest "will they/won't they" romance that takes place in Hollywood.

Instead, the sports world waits with bated breath to find out if perennial retiree Brett Favre will come out of retirement for what seems like the 12th time to play for the Minnesota Vikings.

Listen, I like Brett Favre, okay? I truly think that he is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever lace up a pair of cleats. However, I grow increasingly impatient with him each offseason as he keeps the world hanging on his every syllable, waiting for him to decide whether or not to come back for yet another season.

In the end, he always comes back, and the football world falls in love with him all over again for showing how dedicated he is to the game and how gritty of a competitor he is.

Fine. This is all well and good. Favre is as tough as they come, and I salute him for that. In an age where players sometimes sign a big, fat contract, only to "hurt" themselves, Favre has been a true iron man in this sport.

However, this yearly media frenzy regarding Favre's career is detracting whatever team he is affiliated (or attempting to become affiliated) with from moving on with their day-to-day operations.

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Minnesota was kind of screwed at the QB position coming into this offseason. Tarvaris Jackson was drafted in 2006 to eventually run the offense, but he's turned into a mediocre player at best.

The team traded for Houston's Sage Rosenfels (who is an upgrade over Jackson) in February, hoping that he would have what it takes to lead the Vikes into the promised land.

But, let's be honest here, neither Jackson nor Rosenfels are Brett Favre, nor will they ever be. However, they deserve the opportunity to lead their teammates to glory.

If all of this talk about Favre doesn't stop, the thought will always be in the back of their minds that they could be kicked to the curb at any moment.

Vikings head coach Brad Childress has stated recently that he believes Favre will stay retired. However, what he should be saying is, "I don't know who our quarterback will be come the first game of the season, Jackson or Rosenfels."

Until Favre signs a contract with Minnesota, his name should not come up in any conversation involving the Vikings QB battle.

Personally, I wouldn't be shocked at all to see second-year QB and USC product John David Booty turn some heads come training camp. I also wouldn't be surprised to see him under center come September 13 when the Vikings play their first game of the season against Cleveland.

Then again, Favre could certainly be in the mix, especially if the fish aren't biting in Mississippi.


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