Thursday, November 18, 2010

VIKINGS ASSIST FAVRE IN RETHINKING RETIREMENT

(November 17, 2010) --- Brett Favre is back home in Mississippi.

Just days after the team's 27-13 loss to the Chicago Bears, Vikings teammates Jared Allen, Ryan Longwell and Steve Hutchinson took the day off from practice yesterday to visit Favre at his home in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

The players said they made the trip to apologize to Favre. They told him the team may have been a little bit too pushy last August when they begged the veteran quarterback to return for a second season in purple. Longwell said, "We told Brett we now realize that we were very selfish and only thinking of ourselves when we initially asked him to come back. That wasn’t fair to him or us. We just wanted to give him a second-chance to rethink his decision of rejoining the Vikings this year."

Just as his limo sped-off to the airport, Brett Favre shed a few tears and mumbled a couple of goodbyes as he bid farewell to Minnesota and football.  By-the-way, this is nothing.  You should have seen how Childress delivered Randy Moss to Tennessee.
Hutchinson agreed. "All the while we were stuffing him into the trunk of the limo that Chilly rented for us, we told Brett he had a good run in the NFL and that 19-and-a-half seasons in the league is something to be very proud of."

The trio said they surprised Favre with the VIP treatment he deserved. After a stretch limousine ride to the airport, Brett was carried aboard a private jet to fly him home to Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Said Longwell, "We think we helped him make the right decision."

You might remember it was just three-months ago when the Vikings added $17-million to Favre’s contract to persuade him to play a second-season in Minnesota. But are the 3-and-6 Vikings having a case of buyer’s remorse? Not so, according to Brett's teammates.

Said Allen, "It had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that in just nine-games he's thrown an NFL-leading 16-interceptions, lost six fumbles, or that his passer-rating ranks 31st in the league... or that our 41-year old buddy has an injured shoulder, his foot is falling off or that his willie has been getting more press than Justin Beiber's hair. That would be nitpicking. We just made him an offer he couldn’t refuse."

"Constitutionally, gentlemen, you have the Vikings Owner, the Head Coach and the Quarterback, in that order... and should the Owner decide he wants to transfer the helm to the Quarterback, he will do so.  He has not done that.  As of now, I am in control here, in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome."
In his weekly press conference earlier today, Vikings head coach Brad Childress read a farewell letter he said was left behind by Favre. The note, written on the back of Brad Childress stationary, read; "Dear Chilly, Sorry to bail out on you mid-season but it's time for me to step down and retire... for real. I just wanted to say that I'm sorry for mucking-up the Vikings season and for not always heeding your advice on the football field. After all, you are a brilliant coach and I was just one of the many players you were the boss of. If anybody can turn this team around, it's you. Good luck against the Packers. Sincerely, Brett Favre."

Several attempts were made to reach Brett for comment but all calls went unanswered. Apparently upon his arrival in Hattiesburg, Favre was released into the custody of his wife Deanna who immediately confiscated his cell-phone.