Monday October 5, 2009 16:11
Brett Favre provides Monday Night excitement to end worst day of the week
Monday is considered the most dreaded day of the week because it is the day most people start their work week.
But for football fans or those who like drama, Monday ended with a lot of excitement because future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre and his Minnesota Vikings (4-0) played host to Green Bay, where Favre played for 16 seasons and won a Super Bowl in 1996, for Monday Night Football on ESPN.
Favre retired after his 16th season in Green Bay in 2007, but he changed his mind and Green Bay’s management didn’t welcome him back, deciding to give Aaron Rodgers, the Packers’ 2005 first-round draft pick, a chance to start behind center.
So Favre played last season with the New York Jets before retiring again at the end of the season.
After an on-and-off again talks about retirement this past summer, Favre finally signed with the patient Vikings, the NFC North division rival of his former Packers.
Favre proved the Packers made a mistake when he threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns with no turnovers to lead the Vikings to a 30-23 divisional victory. The 10-time Pro Bowl quarterback said he wasn’t looking for revenge when Green Bay (2-2) came to Minneapolis on Monday night. The new Vikings quarterback and his Packers replacement Aaron Rodgers each said it was “just another game”.
NFL analyst and former head coach Jon Gruden didn’t believe it was just another game for Favre.
Gruden said he couldn’t sleep for week when he was preparing Tampa Bay to play his former Oakland Raiders team in Super Bowl XXXVII. Gruden’s Bucs trounced his former team 48-21 to make him the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl.
Favre likely felt the same leading up to Monday’s game against his former team, and he was obviously excited with the win, celebrating each touchdown by running around the field and holding up No. 1 with both index fingers. He should be even more thrilled when he actually returns to Green Bay for the second game of the series on Nov. 1.
Favre, the NFL’s all-time leader in quarterback victories, passing yards and passing touchdowns, is the greatest Packers quarterback since Bart Starr led Green Bay to five Super Bowls in the 1960s. Nevertheless, the Packers pushed Favre, who turns 40 on Saturday, out the door in favor of Rodgers when the 10-time-Pro Bowl quarterback second-guessed retiring.
So it’s only human nature if Favre, despite saying it’s “just another game”, seeks revenge and wants to continue to prove Green Bay made a mistake by letting him go.
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