The lure of playing in another Super Bowl brought Brett Favre back to the NFL – again.
Favre joined his Minnesota Vikings teammates at practice Wednesday. The three-time MVP wore a helmet, shoulder pads and red quarterback’s jersey as he worked out with Minnesota for the first time since getting battered by New Orleans as the Vikings lost the NFC championship game in January.
“As we were driving on that last drive it seemed like it was destiny – for us,” said Favre, whose interception in the final minute ended that march – and the Vikings never got the ball in overtime. “I was so close, so close to getting these guys to the Super Bowl. I owe it to this organization to give it one more try.”
Not that coming back for a 20th season was a simple decision.
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“Part of me said it was such a great year, it would be easy to say, ‘Hey can’t play any better, why even try?’” Favre said. “Then the other part is, ‘Guys are playing on a high level. Why don’t I go back out?’ The expectations are high here, as they should be.”
The expectations always are high for Favre, even at 40. He’s the NFL’s leader in nearly every significant passing category and the winningest regular-season quarterback ever.
After staying away from training camp, as he’s done for much of the past two summers, Favre was practicing less than 24 hours after the team sent Steve Hutchinson, Jared Allen and Ryan Longwell – three of his closest friends – to Mississippi to bring him back.
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