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Former Lineman Thinks Favre Should Be In Camp

Former offensive lineman, and current Sports illustrated columnist, Ross Tucker had some choice words for Brett Favre on Wednesday.

Tucker wants to know why Favre has “earned the right” to skip training camp when plenty of top notch players have shown up to training camp every year, despite playing to an age older than most.  He lists Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Bruce Matthews, Jackie Slater, and Ray Lewis as examples of guys who have never chosen to leave their teammates practicing without them.

Tucker wants to know why Favre is the exception.  The intense practices?  Ross says the red jersey throws that notion out the window.  Pitch count?  He probably throws more balls at Oak Grove than he would at Mankato.  Sunburn?

“My point is not that Favre’s desire to skip training camp will have an adverse effect on the Vikings season, because clearly, based on their success last year, that isn’t the concern,” writes Tucker, “My point is that Favre is not deserving of being a team leader if he misses training camp this year. There doesn’t appear to be any good reason for him to not be there, other than he can get away with it. But that means it’s all about him again, as, sadly, it usually is.”

I used to think that I was about as critical of Favre as anybody out there, but Tucker has proven me wrong.

To be honest, I would care less about Favre showing up to camp if he was the only person involved.  He isn’t, however.

Favre needs to understand that $13 million should get the Vikings more than just 16 games of quarterback play.  It should get them veteran leadership.  It should get them a tutor of younger players whenever possible.

If $13 million isn’t the amount they have to pay to get that from Favre, then they should be paying him more.

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5 Responses to “Former Lineman Thinks Favre Should Be In Camp”

  1. B. Grant says:

    Yeah this just isn’t right, and I am surprised it isn’t the source of a schism in the locker room. Guess you gotta credit Chili and the guys for that somehow not happening. Its kinda perplexing, cuz if its not liking wind sprints or killers, I’m sure he could use that ankle for an excuse. Just flies in the face of the whole teamwork thing.

  2. Ole says:

    “I used to think that I was about as critical of favre as anybody out there, but Tucker has proven me wrong”

    that’s only because this is a PG-13 blog Adam.

  3. c.carterhof says:

    I like Ross Tucker, but he is in the media now. He does a fine job, thats just it tho. Its his job to find something to write about. I agree with the whole teamwork thing Coach, but if you were on this team, would it bother you? Can he still be a team leader?
    My answers are no and yes.
    We all know why it doesnt bother them. As to the team leader thing, let me ask this-
    Its week 10, we are at Chicago. Down by three with 1:45 left, on our own 40, one TO left. Do I care if he attended training camp?
    Every player on that offense is going to listen to Favre, in any situation.

  4. B. Grant says:

    Agree, cart, except that maybe in Chicago with 1:45 to go we could have something ready that we would have worked on in camp. The NFL is so much about timing, reading and teamwork. The other issue is what is Chili going to say when some other star pulls this? AP missed one day of workouts earlier this summer and it made headlines with how unhappy Chili was about it. How long before someone mentions the elephant in the room?

    The team needs Favre, and as you say, mostly for those tough situations. But they need him in the preparation process as well.

  5. purplereign#57 says:

    Bottom line…they’re payin’ him $13 mil! Come on, show the hell up.

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