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Favre Doesn’t Shy Away This Time

Access Vikings received an advanced copy (don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll get mine very soon) of Brett Favre’s interview in Men’s Health which will be released on Friday.  Chip Scoggins’ snippets of the story are fairly revealing and have sold at least one more copy of Men’s Health (if they don’t get that advanced copy to me, that is).

The story includes a firsthand account of Favre’s agent Bus Cook going bonkers over the fact that Favre decided to tell ESPN’s Ed Werder about his ankle surgery.  The story goes on to chronicle the phone call from the clueless Brad Childress inquiring about the surgery.

Favre also seems to still be smarting from the loss to the Saints in the NFC Championship Game, and speaks at length about the ill advised interception that ended the Vikings hopes of winning in regulation.

“The previous week against the Cowboys, we did the same exact play to Rice,” Favre told Rodrick. “We were up about 25 at the time, so it was different. He came back to me on a broken play, and we got 20 yards. This time, when I let it go, I’m thinking he’s going to come back to me. As he drifted farther and farther away, I could see the corner come in from the other side, and I’m thinking, Oh, sh-t.”

“As a player you’ve got to pull the trigger,” Favre added. “You can’t say, Well, is he going to do what I think he’s going to do? He wasn’t wrong, and in some ways, I wasn’t either.”

Favre was criticized for taking a gamble at such a crucial time. Rodrick wrote: “Some say it’s the Football Gods settling the score for his yearly tease.”

Responded Favre to the criticism: “They were the same people who said I’d suck all season. I don’t worry about that. A lot of plays go into a game; that was just one of them.”

However, Rodrick writes that Favre brought the subject up again a different day.

“Sometimes I say to myself, An interception? A whole year of making great decisions and it ends on an intercep­tion? You have got to be kidding me.”

The most touching quote (and, no, that isn’t sarcasm) comes when he speaks about what the 2010 season meant to him.

“I’ve had games when I almost threw seven picks,” Favre told Rodrick, laughing. “It was unreal. Before last year, I’d reached a point where I was sitting in meetings with guys 15 years younger than me thinking, What the hell am I doing here? Football became work. But last year it went back to being a game.”


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8 Responses to “Favre Doesn’t Shy Away This Time”

  1. PJD says:

    Adam, if you could help me, I’m feeling this strange emotion for Favre after reading this. It’s not anger, rage, or even hungry or face punching … it’s something like … NOT hate? I’m not familiar with this in regards to Favre.

  2. B. Grant says:

    I’m gonna go ahead and say there are not many real good reasons to hate Favre. He wore a Packer uniform, he jerks teams around about retirement, and if he’s on your team, he throws INT’s at the damdest times. But hate? Not really. I kinda like many things about the guy, always have. He’s real, he’s having fun, he’s not cocky (my pet peeve) and he has done some pretty dang good things on the FB field. There’s lots of guys in the NFL that I have a strong dislike for, but never have for Favre.

  3. Fragile Freds says:

    There is plenty to hate about Favre, plenty and Freds won’t list them all here.

    But, Banjo is a very tough high end QB even when he was with the Wisconsins. We saw how tough he was during the NFC championship last year. The guy doesn’t quit, he always gets up and keeps playing. He was beaten like a drum during that game. Even when he craps himself, which is often, he never gives up he just keeps plugging away. One has to admire that.

    With all that being said he makes Fred sick. Damn self centered drama queen.

    Fred needs to go take a shower, he feels dirty after saying a couple nice things about banjo.

  4. B. Grant says:

    Ok… Freds, Adam, here’s the question to be answered. Do you guys want to see Favre return for the 2010 season with the Vikes? I realize you don’t have to like the guy to respond one way or the other. Just fishin’ for some thoughts… ooo, that reminds me, I still gotta gas up the Johnson and check the bearings on the trailer tonight. I can hear the loons now.

  5. B. Grant says:

    I actually thought about that, johnny, but just assumed that including it in the sentence with checking the wheel bearings would clear up any potential misunderstanding (or does that mean something else too?.) Thanks for the word to the wise, though. You never know what new interpretations are out there these days.

    Remember when I wanted to check out some fishing rods on line from Dick’s Sporting Goods… I quickly learned that the entire name of the Store was needed to avoid a misunderstanding from Google.

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