The first episode of Joe Buck Live on HBO couldn't have gone any better. Sometime in April, Joe contacted then "retired" quarterback Brett Favre to come on the show and talk about fame and the limelight as an NFL icon. Little did Joe know that the timing of his first episode would be ideal.
The interview, as expected, turned towards Favre's potential return and his courtship with the Minnesota Vikings. Favre confronted the issue head on, saying that he would make a return if his arm recovers from the minor surgery that he had approximately two-and-a-half weeks ago.
Favre also said that the Vikings are the only organization he has spoken to about a comeback. He stated that playing for the Vikings "makes sense," not only because of their considerable talent on the offensive side of the ball, but also because of his familiarity with the offensive scheme.
Favre ran the West Coast Offense in Green Bay throughout his 16-year tenure.
Along with his potential return, Favre admitted to speaking to Vikings head coach Brad Childress about attending the team's Organized Team Activities (OTAs):
"Coach Childress had asked if I would come to [organized team activities]. Not that I would have to participate. And I totally understood that side of it. I chose not to. You can pick sides on this. I think both sides are right. He wanted me to be there and be a part of the team and things like that. Knowing that there is no guarantee my arm will be like it was before, I chose to stay away."
Several days after ESPN's Ed Werder reported that Coach Childress had set a deadline for Favre to show up to OTAs, the head coach appeared on the network saying that wasn't the case.
According to Childress, no such deadline had ever been set, despite the fact that the Vikings reportedly told Favre they were going to pursue other options.
After wading through all of these conflicting reports and loads of information, only one thing seems to be clear: If Favre is going to return to the NFL for the 2009 season, it will be on his own terms.