Joining his teammates at Vikings practice in Minnesota, quarterback Brett Farve announced that he was officially back –again.
Farve, the master of mind games, left Mississippi aboard a jet to head to Minnesota to inform teammates, coaches, and the rest of the nation that he was indeed headed back for a 20th NFL season.
The opportunity to play for his second Super Bowl victory was too much to overcome, thus giving Farve every reason to play another year with the Vikings. After losing to the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship game Favre felt somewhat responsible, saying
“As we were driving on that last drive it seemed like it was destiny — for us,” Favre said. “I was so close, so close to getting these guys to the Super Bowl.”
With Favre behind the helm, the Vikings have a legitimate shot at heading back to the NFC Championship game, as well as winning a Super Bowl.
“I could make a case for both playing, not playing,” Favre said. “This is a very good football team. The chances [of going to the Super Bowl] here are much greater than other places. From that standpoint, it was always going to be easier [to return].”
Minnesota was within one play of going to the Super Bowl last year, but Favre’s last game interception sealed the victory for the Saints. Despite playing a record straight 309 straight games and holding numerous individual quarterback records, the expectations for Favre to succeed are overwhelming.
Favre and the Vikings will have many of last year’s players returning, while adding rookie running back Tony Gerhart to the mix. There’s no doubt however, that Favre was the biggest question mark this offseason.
Had Favre decided to retire, the Vikings would go 7-9 at best with Tavaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels behind center. With Favre in there, the sky’s the limit.
Brett Favre’s antics have gotten old and monotonous, but everything hangs on his every word. The truth is, though, that Brett Farve is good for NFL football.