Days Of Our Favres: Brett Favre Drama Continues with Minnesota Vikings

Doug Rush@Doug_RushSenior Analyst IAugust 18, 2009

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - AUGUST 18:  Brett Favre #4 finishes a passing drill during a Minnesota Vikings practice session on August 18, 2009 at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Favre has reportedly agreed to play for the Vikings, a reversal of his announced retirement.  (Photo by Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)


Brett Favre is back in the NFL...again.

It was announced on Wednesday that Favre will return for the 2009 season as a new member of the Minnesota Vikings by signing a one-year deal worth between $10-$12 million.

Minnesota will now be the fourth team Favre will have been a part of.

He was drafted by the Falcons in 1991 and played all of two games with them. Favre was 22 at the time and nobody really remembers him in Atlanta.

He spent 15 years with the Packers and cemented his claim for the Hall of Fame, breaking all sorts of quarterback records and winning Super Bowl 31 with Green Bay in 1997.

In February of 2008, Favre announced his first retirement in an emotional press conference. Many felt his last game was played in January in the 23-20 overtime loss in the NFC Championship to the Giants where Favre threw three interceptions, including the final one to Corey Webster in overtime.

Not so fast. Favre gets the itch all summer to come back out of retirement. Green Bay offers Favre $20 million to stay home in Mississippi and out of the NFL. Favre tells the Packers no and for them to find him a new team.

On August 7, 2008, the Packers traded their most heroic and historic figure to the New York Jets, a move that shocked the entire sports world.

It was rumored that Favre wanted to go to Minnesota all along, but there was no way in hell the Packers were going to trade Favre to their division rivals. So the Packers put a wrench in Favre's plan, sending him to New York.

Favre's arrival in New York meant the end of Chad Pennington's days with the Jets as he was released and picked up by the Dolphins.

The New York media took to Favre's arrival like a rock star making a comeback album. The fans were excited, as the Brett Favre jersey sales were soaring through the roof. Sporting goods stores couldn't even keep the jersey in stock the first couple days. Madden 09, with Favre on the cover, was flying off the shelves.

Favre also started out well with the Jets, beginning with an 8-3 record and throwing six touchdown passes in one game against the Cardinals.

But the Jets ended up falling apart at the end, going 1-4 and losing the season finale to Pennington's Dolphins at Giants Stadium in a 24-17 loss in December. It was the perfect revenge for Pennington and a nightmare end for Jets fans in 2008.

In February of 2009, Favre announced he was retiring again, for the second time. So now he was leaving another team without a proven starting quarterback for 2009 like he did with the Packers in 2008.

In April, the Jets didn't want to take a chance with the Favre mess Green Bay dealt with and out-right released Favre, allowing Favre to sign with any team he chose. But many felt that didn't matter because Favre was retired for good, had no intention to play for a 19th season in the NFL, and would just fade off into the sunset and wait to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Or so we all thought.

The summer of 2009 is rolling around and it is rumored now that Favre might want to make another comeback.

Not with the Jets, but with the Vikings, the team he was rumored to be going to in 2008.

In May, Favre had surgery on his shoulder to fix any damage from 2008 and previous years. All signs were pointing to a 2009 comeback for Favre.

The month of July left the entire sports world in limbo on the "Brett Favre possibly to the Vikings news" because every day had a new rumor.

Favre might play, he might not play. Favre might get shoulder surgery. Favre is texting Vikings players. Favre is talking to Brad Childress. On and on and on.

On July 28, 2009, Favre told the Vikings he would stay retired. Most of the sports world was relieved that Favre would be done with football for good.

That was until yesterday, when it was rumored through ESPN that Brett Favre was talking comeback and unidentified Vikings players had said Favre was still coming to the Vikings in 2009.

Back to the rumor mills for the news of Favre again. What would we do without our news on Brett Favre? How would the world live without it?

On August 18, 2009, Favre passed a physical, signed with the Vikings, and practiced with the Minnesota team for the first time.

Favre will play in his first preseason game for Minnesota Friday night against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Metrodome is expected to be sold out.

The Favre madness will continue for 2009. StubHub, one of the most popular ticket broker websites for sports tickets, announced the lowest average ticket price for the Packers-Vikings game at Lambeau Field on November 1 is around $322 per seat.

$322 per ticket, and that's for the higher up seats at Lambeau Field. Can you imagine what the tickets near the field and the 50-yard line are going to cost? Prepared to donate a body part or give up your first born child for one of those tickets? It's seriously going to be somewhere in the few thousands of dollars range.

Favre will be 40 years old on October 10, one day before the Vikings travel in Week 5 to play the St. Louis Rams.

It's not like Favre had the greatest year in 2008 with 22 touchdowns and 22 interceptions as a 39-year-old. He's a year older on a new team with a new system and playbook.

Favre will also be playing in the Metrodome for home games, where he is 6-10 for his career, not exactly the best record.

Packers fans are outraged, and they should be. Jets fans are also mad, and they should be. The rest of the world is just left shaking their heads saying, "Again. Really?"

If Favre doesn't make and/or win Super Bowl 44, it will be considered a total bust for the Vikings in 2009, because they are now putting up with this circus. And now what happens with Tarvaris Jackson? Does he want out of Minnesota now, or will he suck it up and just wait out the Favre era?

And what if Favre doesn't do well in Minnesota? Does he retire for a third time after 2009? Does he get an itch to play in 2010? Will he want to play closer to his Mississippi home? Does he go to a team like the Texans, the Buccaneers, the Jaguars; some team in the south so Favre isn't completely away from his family and home?

Don't rule out the possibility of that, because it can happen, and it can because Favre has retired twice, un-retired twice, and come back with two new teams.

These are the days of our Favres.

And the drama known as Brett Favre just keeps continuing through 2009.


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