The modern version of the story “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” may as well be “The Boy Who Cried Brett Favre Will Retire.” Brett Favre has gone north to Minnesota to participate in training camp with the Minnesota Vikings. Apparently a visit from teammates made all the difference. The venerated quarterback who holds multitudes of NFL records for quarterbacks hasn’t commented yet on whether he definitely will stick around for the season, but it seems that turning up to practice is a good sign he’ll play this season.
Brett Favre returns to Minnesota
After months of speculation for the third time already, Brett Favre decided to not retire and head to practice. On Tuesday, Aug. 17, Favre stepped off a plane and joined his teammates on the practice field, having missed yet another training camp, according to ESPN. Last season, Brett Favre didn’t seem to need no stinking training camp. He led the Vikings on a burn and pillage campaign, including a merciless beating of the woeful Dallas Cowboys in the first playoff round. The season ended with a heartbreaking overtime loss to the Saints in the NFC Championship game, when Favre picked up the ankle injury.
Convinced by teammates to come back
A visit from teammates may have made the difference in convincing Favre to come back. Three teammates of his from the Vikings headed down to Favre’s home in Hattiesburg, Miss., to get him back to practice. Lineman Steve Hutchinson, kicker Ryan Longwell and defensive end Jared Allen (owner of perhaps the most famous mullet in the NFL) flew down to talk to Favre. They must have been convincing, as he flew right back to Minnesota with them.
First NFL grandfather to make bank
Brett Favre stands to earn another $20 million this season, according to USA Today. However, he is going to have to earn every penny. The opening eight games include a match against the Green Bay Packers, and they are going to want revenge. QB Aaron Rodgers was statistically one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL last year, and to knock off the Vikings, especially with Favre at the helm, will be quite the feather in the Packers’ cap.
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