The Jury’s Still Out On Brett Favre
Despite a Super Bowl commercial which foreshadowed him playing (and winning the MVP) until 2020, legendary NFL quarterback Brett Favre has only dropped hints to fans as to his future so far.
After having surgery on his ankle earlier this summer, Favre still has made no announcement on whether he plans to return to the Minnesota Vikings. He’s basically made it known on several occasions, including the ESPYs, that he would like to make another run at a championship.
At 40 years old, there are quite a few factors to consider when making such a decision. Of course, there’s the constant pounding his body will take during any given game, especially with father time slowing him down and making him easier to sack. Also, Favre may have made a few enemies (in Green Bay and New York, most notably) who possibly have a greater incentive to deliver punishing blows to the Mississippi native.
Add to that his ankle still seems to be less than one hundred percent, plus Favre became a grandfather earlier this spring, and he certainly has reasons for taking his time.
What we know at this point is Favre seems willing to play if, among other things, he determines his ankle will fare well enough to allow him to help his team. We also know, per his website, Favre will need another minor surgery on his ankle to help him deal with the pain.
“I don’t believe major surgery on the ankle would be required for me to return in 2010. I’ve consulted with Dr. Andrews on the phone, and a relatively minor procedure could be done to improve the dexterity of the ankle, and to relieve the pain. I’ve put up with pain worse than this in my career, and I didn’t want anyone to assume that the possibility of surgery was the sole factor that would determine whether I return or not.”
In another interview, Favre said he has not been given a deadline for when the Vikings need to know one way or the other, even after a meeting with coach Brad Childress in Hattiesburg, MS earlier this week.
It’s probably the best move for the team to allow Favre all the time he needs, especially because he’s expressed his thoughts on the futility of training camp in the past. After all, he nearly made it all the way without training camp last season.
I expect him to give it one last try if he feels he’s able. With that said, the Vikings will need to know something a few weeks into camp. Backup QB Tarvaris Jackson doesn’t plan to be on the bench forever.
Whatever the decision, I’m sure the wisdom that comes with age is more than enough to keep Favre from recording an hour-long special on ESPN. The summer has been dramatic enough.