Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A 'big favor' from Brett Favre

By Kevin Seifert

(ESPN) ...Ultimately, Longwell said, "we asked him to do it for the guys."

And here, based on what he said Wednesday, is what quarterback Brett Favre heard:

"[They] were like, 'Hey, if you could do us one favor. And that's a pretty big favor.'"



Just beautiful, really.

I mean this in all sincerity, with no malice and (almost no) sarcasm: Only Favre could manipulate that recruiting mission into a no-lose situation for himself. That's essentially the message Favre conveyed Wednesday during his return-to-Minnesota news conference. He will play not because of his reported $16.5 million salary, not for a chance to enhance his NFL records or to prove he can play at age 41.

This season is a "favor" for the players with whom he spent five months of his 20-year NFL career, an attempt to give it "one more try" to help them win a Super Bowl. Favre, in fact, used the word "favor" six times in 33 minutes. And if it doesn't work out? It was just a favor, anyway.

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