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Favre Practices, Then Meets With Press

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 18, 2010 – 2:28 pm

Not even a full day into his return to Minnesota from Mississippi, Vikings QB Brett Favre was on the practice fields at Winter Park working with his teammates. The team worked for approximately 2 hours under cloudy skies and cool conditions and then both Favre and Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress met with reporters in the Winter Park field house.

We won’t go into too much detail about what was said during the press conferences because you will be able to watch them in on-demand format soon right here on vikings.com. But here are a few highlights…

– The biggest talking point to come out of the press conferences might be the fact that Favre declared the 2010 season, his 20th in the NFL, will be his last. Of course we’ve heard Favre say this in the past only to return for another season, but the sense I got is that this truly will be his final year. Childress was asked if he believed this would be the QBs last year and the head coach agreed that it would be.

– Favre described the decision of whether or not to come back for the 2010 season as tough and said he can make a case either way. He cited his relationship with his teammates as a major factor in deciding to return. The QB went on to say that his teammates know “he’s got their back” and he thinks his teammates have his back, too.

– A biceps injury hindered Favre at the end of the 2008 season, when he was with the New York Jets. Offseason surgery fixed the issue and Favre said on Wednesday that his arm felt like it was 21 years old again during the 2009 season. But Favre described his ankle surgery quite differently, saying he thought it would’ve felt better than it does. Ultimately, though, Favre said that nothing on his body is 100% but he has nothing to complain about after starting 309 straight regular season and postseason games.

– Favre said the mental toll from 19 complete seasons in the NFL is as tough to deal with as the physical toll.

– Favre said he would like to play on Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers, but Childress hasn’t decided whether or not that will happen. Asked how the QB looked in his 1st practice back with the team, Childress said Favre looked comfortable.


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51 Responses to “Favre Practices, Then Meets With Press”

  1. By Mike on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    The Legend is back now lets go win a super bowl.

  2. By PurplePeopleEater on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    Sit him this Sunday. Things are still hurting, no need to rush him in. It’ll also give us one more game to shop Sage’s skills around for a possible trade.

  3. By Zach Rak on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with PurplePeopleEater, sit him. He needs the rest and a great trade for Sage would give this team yet another boost. T-Jack could use the reps too. Theres more pre season to be had, the more comfortable his ankle is the better. We dont wanna risk losing him less then a week after he comes back!

  4. By BOB on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER BY 2011. AFTER THE VIKINGS BLOW IT YET AGAIN THIS SEASON AND THE STATE LEGISLATION SHOOTS DOWN THE FINAL STADIUM BILL, WILF WILL LOSE PATIENCE AND MOVE THE TEAM TO L.A. AND THE VIKINGS WILL BE A SAD MEMORY.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  5. By TWVIKE on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    Let me guess Bob, you are a Saints fan.

  6. By Turry on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    1 hard hit = Back to Tavaris……………

  7. By uspsbyteme on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    can’t believe the drama queen did it yet again….he should be ashamed of himself for putting his family through this, yet again….he and his twin brother lance armstrong just don’t know how to bow out gracefully with what few shreds of dignity they have left…so sad

  8. By Jon on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    Ok, Are you ready some FOOTBALL!!!! We dont need poprorn we got Brett. This is america home of apple pie and grid iron glory, Just having some fun. That is what it is about , And the tribal warfare that we all screem for on sundays. If this year is anything like last season there will high 5’s, Tiger like fist pumps, and just plain jumping out of your chair. Sorry to see chester leave, he was the man. Let go Shainco. I hope the stanford kid can get in there some.

  9. By PurplePeopleEater on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    No uspsbyteme, it is people like you who don’t know. You don’t know how to respect someone for doing what they love for as long as possible, regardless of what the cruel, jealous critics out there think of you.

  10. By evalu8er on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    Brett favre is one of the most humble people you’ll meet. He was not sitting in Hattiesburg to be wooed. He was sitting there doubting he could be as good as last year and that he might let people down. When the team Captains assured him he was wanted for who he is and what he can do to boost a team he came back. I admire that. I am sure this will be his farewell tour. We should all enjoy it all we can because you are never gonna see another football player, of this resilience, talent, risk taking , and sharp decision making again. Brett favre is a one of a kind. I hope the whole team has a great year. Thanks for coming back Brett.

  11. By uspsbyteme on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    hey purple….
    i know, but enough already….he said himself that his family wasn’t particularly happy with the decision…does he want to wait until he gets a life altering injury before he will bow out? there is passion, but then there’s also reality and self-respect

  12. By bucfan99 on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    Well, now I have a team I can cheer for, as the Bucs have a few years to go before they’re competitive. Welcome back, Brett, thanks for coming back. One question, though: why not Sage instead of TJack as #2? His style’s much more similar to Brett’s, not to mention that he looks like a much better player. Anyhow, here’s hoping for a Vikings Super Bowl in Dallas!

  13. By mark on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    brett farve is hmble…forsure!!!..he’s one of the greatest of all time and will take the vikings to the super bowl. You won’t find any other football player that loves and respects the game the way he does. It will be a sad day in the NFL when he retire’s for good I for one am proud to be able to watch this man play another year. When he’s done my youngest son will not be able to see a football play the game with the love and respect that the game deserves like BRETT FARVE……GO GET IT DONE BRETT AND THANKS FOR ANOTHER YEAR OF MEMORYS I WILL HAVE TO SHARE WITH MY CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. By ChampionVikings on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    The o-line needs to improve if they want favre to last the whole season

  15. By hank on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    It is a real shame the way the media is trying to put a wedge into the coach and Favre.They must really want the Vikes and Favre to fail.I hope that the Vikes and Favre show them,so we can see the media types sucking up to them as the Lombardi trophy is handed to them.

  16. By jennifer on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    im so pleased to hear of this announcement even though im a girl, brett favre is my hero i cant wait to see what the season holds (super bowl champs, right?) ive wore my favre 4 bracelet everyday in hopes he would return and now ill wear it everyday through the season good luck to all my guys
    favre, rice, harvin, allen, peterson, shancoe,

  17. By terry on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    Evalu8er, well said and I agree !! People shouldn’t believe everything they hear or read from the press these days……ya don’t know what ya don’t know. I can’t wait for my trip to the Dome this year to watch the legend.

  18. By David on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    This without a doubt will be the farewell season, hope Brett makes it thru in one piece. I’m glad to have one more season to watch one of the greatest. This is a huge risk for Brett, he ia still young compared to everyday life, would hate to see him get hurt really bad, and have to go thru life, maybe paralized or have mental problems. I for one will be watching every chance I get.

  19. By HuskerVikingFan on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    Welcome back to Minnesota, Brett! This is going to be a GREAT year but it will take EVERY player and coach to remain unflappable and totally committed to everyone else on the team, all the way to the end in Dallas. I hope the scattering of rumors is untrue regarding Tavaris. We need him as much as before, if not more. Tavaris is a highly talented YOUNG quarterback with a GREAT future with the Vikings. Right now, he is surrounded by the best players and coaches in the entire NFL. I’m sure there are many other players and young QB’s on other teams right now that wish they were where Tavaris is right now. This is an incredible team with an incredible future!

  20. By OregonVikingFan on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    WELCOME BACK BRETT!! All us Minnesota fans thank you for bringing us one more year of fun, excitement and if its anything like last year minus some mistakes (and I am not talking about the int, more like the AP fumbles) we go to the bowl in dallas and win in the dome!

    I wonder though…If…”that is a big IF being a Vikings fan for all these years” the Vikings win the SuperBowl can Brett really retire? I hope not….I wish we had him all the years Green Bay had him. We were always a QB short or a kick wide from going to the Big Game.

    This is our year….no flukes, no bad ref calls, and after week one I bet we hear all saint fans say…..We it doesnt matter that you won…who won the NFC Title game and Super Bowl last year…..Even after all of them tell us to get over it..

    ANYWAYS WELCOME HOME BRETT! THANKS FOR GIVING US ONE MORE YEAR! HERES TO A GOOD ONE, MAYBE THE BEST ONE US VIKING FANS HAVE EVER SEEN!

  21. By john on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    Preatty sad that we have a one person team. It makes me want to puke and cheer for another team. How about all the awesome talent we have?They will never be given the highlights they deserve. Your draging down the real talent. Retire your ego and let he young stars shine!

  22. By Vikings4life on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    Favre no pressure go out there and have fun make it the best last memorable year we can get that superbowl ring!

  23. By Cor-XLVikings ! on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    There will be 16 QB’S this season WE will be after ourselves….Starting week 1 with Nancy DREW ! watch your own legs my friends, arms, back, head, or D line is coming for each any EVERYONE of you ! get exra insurance before sept 9th Nancy DREW !

  24. By PotterJohn on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    Heck Yes, Welcome back Brett!!! Being from Milwaukee and loving SF, I don’t think there is anything wrong with rooting for players, your best friend’s team and just enjoying the Game. Why should Brett live with the regret of what if? He is still one of the most outstanding players ever. I could criticize him, but all you haters do a fine job of that. Maybe you and I deserve a little criticism over our hard choices too……

    Brett, you should use your backup QB’s to get the rest you need, that’s my criticism, but again, the adrenaline starts flowing and……have at it!!!

  25. By Stoney on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    JOHN, your a window licker! Ask the guys on the team, they all wanted Favre back. He gives us the best chance to win, that’s what everyone wants.

  26. By lisa on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    Welcome back Brett, you are the one piece of the puzzel that has been missing these last few weeks. I’m not implying that T-jac or Sage can’t do the job, i just think Brett’s experience and knowledge gives him quite an edge over the two. He’s not only a great decision maker, he’s a great teacher of the game. Our entire team learned a ton from Brett last year and now they have yet another year to soak up his knowledge and enthusiasm.. Go Vikes and learn from this extremely tallented man!!!

  27. By chuck cabello on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    i realy happy to have bret favre in the vikings this year at last we are gonna be champions of the nfl

  28. By ximenita brett 4 ever on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    i dont realy matters if i be a girl and dont know to mu8ch abaut futball but my father make a party becose favre isssssssss backkkkkk to the field and he said what his going to play lake ever thats why i said

    bfett favre 4 ever
    bye

  29. By tom b on Aug 18, 2010 | Reply

    welcome back brett all canadian vikes fans love ya bring home superbowl then go to hall of fame in purple then the cheese heads will cry you gave your all 4 them now they all bad mouth you and adam shine is a total idiot for what he says but we will be talking about you long after he”s gone

  30. By Susan on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    Great comments by all (well, most!), especially from “evalu8er”. It’s wonderful to see and hear that people appreciate Brett for what he is and what he does, that his talent and personality are special, that you’ll never see the likes of him again. For years, I hoped, if he was ready to retire, that he would announce it BEFORE his last season, but he always waited until after the season, when his body was aching and his mind all awhirl. So, now, as he did announce that this will be his last season, I totally believe this to be true and am very glad to know it in advance. We all need to watch and enjoy every game, win or lose, enjoy his love of the game, and give him a standing ovation every Sunday. I have not skipped one of his games since 1992, on TV, on the radio, or actually attending a game, maybe once a year. I will miss him very much when he retires; football will never be the same; it will never be so much fun again. But I DO want to thank Brett for all those years and for granting us and the Vikings one more year of his talent, his enthusiasm, his knowledge, and his crazy sense of humor that we like so well. I hope the Vikings win the Super Bowl this season, as it will mean almost as much to him as it will to Viking fans. It will be something to remember and treasure for a lifetime. Thank you, Brett, for what you’ve done for the game you love and for making our Sundays exciting and fun over the years. Thanks to your family, too, as it’s been tough at times for them as well. I hope you make lots of great memories this year for all your fans and all your teammates. THANK YOU, #4!!!! GO, VIKES!

  31. By nick j on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    John Elway contemplated retrirement then he had one more goal to beat favre and won two super bowls !!! What better way then to train another qb then have favre on the fireld injured or not …. He has some records to break but id he happens to stay healthy and win the super bowl and become the winningest qb hmmmmmmm then what u gonna due !!! become a quarter back coach and pick ur team !!!! leaves a wide open doooooooor …. hmmmmmmm who coaches the texans …….. gary kubiak elways back up ……… I would lay the odds off favre becoming a coach !!!!

  32. By PACKERS on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    this is football brett, not a beauty pagent, the game involves pain

  33. By vikingsfan4life on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    ya well this is all good, glad to have him back,but, if they don’t protect him it could be a real short season for him..bottom line here is the front line has to protect him no matter what because if he gets hit the wrong way his season will be over..GO VIKINGS !!

  34. By PACKERS on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    Yay, another year of watching viking fans and players have high hopes, and finding brett favre to ruin another season. Always glad to see that.

  35. By GreatWhiteNorthFavreFan on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    Brett, Thank you for what you have done for football throughout your legendary career. This year, without a doubt, the Vikings have an excellent opportunity to bring home the Lombardi. Hands down. There is talent at every position! Our D-Line is amazing! Our 2nd and 3rd string D-Line is better than some team’s starters! With Brett back, I honestly believe that as long as the O-line steps it up and protects Brett, and makes some holes for Adrian, and everyone puts everything they have into this season, the Vikings WILL finally do it. If Adrian protects the football we could be unstoppable! An if/when we do end up in Dallas, and we DO bring home the Lombardi, it will look good on all of the Brett haters and Vikings haters that have no appeciation for the talent and heart that is takes to win the Superbowl. GO VIKINGS! GO BRETT! and let’s get that jersey retired in PURPLE next year cause THIS is where Brett belongs!

  36. By GWViking on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    There seems to be alot of smack talking going on by the Saints considering the tactics they used to win the NFC conference game. Who out there thinks the Saints would have even been in that game without the late hits on Favre, and the no calls by the bought and paid for referees? Not to mention the poor coaching and the 12 man on the field debacle. Their fans are delusional. It seems the whole Saints championship was scripted. The city of ruin to the city of champions. It is time to take that championship back and bring it back to where it belonged in the first place. I think Brees is a good guy but I have to tell you I think we go in and give them a taste of their own medicine and do the same thing to him.

    It is time to get down to business. I have been fallowing this team for 24 years and this without a doubt is the best Viking team I have ever seen assembled. It may be one of the best teams in the NFL ever assembled. I think they are hungry considering they they beat the Saints in ever asspect of that game and they know it. It is time to take car of business fellas.

  37. By pghlady3 on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    first all of my posters its FAVRE NOT FARVE, if you love the man so much spell his name right
    i replayed Mrs. Favre’s interview of last year before the championship game where she was so happy brett was playing in new orleans, because every on there just loves her husband
    then i watced brad and bretts press conferences. i dont know if they think people who live in MN are in some dream world, but not olnly are the saints but every team is going to try to take out brett, it is obnoxicious, i’ll retire, no i’ll come back, no i’ll retire….prima donna plain and simple, and what kind of confidence are you ripping from the backups when we are going to end up needing them in the middle of the season, brett will be out

  38. By purple08 on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    We ain’t going anywhere without Percy harvin anyway.

  39. By Cor-XLVikings ! on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    GW VIKING- right on ! we punish this time !

  40. By Skolmeister on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    Nobody can argue that Brett Favre has been good for the Vikings organization despite all the waffling, media attention and distractions he brings to the team.

    Think about all the confidence that the rest of the team has been able to develop since he signed? Percy Harvin, Sydney Rice, Visanthe Shiancoe and even Bernard Berrian have all been beneficiaries of consistent play at the QB spot that is NECESSARY for young players to use as a baseline from which to grow. Every Viking player on offense now has the ability to say, “The fault is not with our QB. I have to get better.” It forces them to dispense with all the excuses and simply improve, which in my humble opinion, they have done admirably.

    It seems to me like everyone is greatly underestimating the value of a consistently good QB even if it’s only for a short duration. Just ask the Patriots, Colts, Saints and Falcons. Then after that, ask the Bears, Raiders and the Browns.

  41. By Tony C on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    Somebody get Brett Favre a Positivity Coach… Please. His Wife is right, he is a just a little negative. He needs to learn to speak Positive manner. Peace to HIM.

  42. By justforfarve on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    Rather than getting rid of Sage the Vikings need to get rid of TJack he has no business in the NFL. Once Farve is gone the the vikings will need a long term QB and TJACK is NOT the answer. Keep Sage ditch Tjack.

  43. By bucfan99 on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    Right, justforfavre!. Sage is no Favre, but he’s light years better than TJack. Not only that, but from what I see, Sage could come closer to executing the game plan designed for Brett than TJack, who’s more of a runner than a pure passer. Keep Sage as the backup!

  44. By joe on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    danz, over at the fake-viking scat blog, has posted nothing but feces and urine rants since Favre has come back – WTF?

  45. By HuskerVikingFan on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    @Skolmeister: Good comment. I agree with you. @JustforFarve and Bucfan99 – can’t disagree with you more regarding Tavaris Jackson. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if both of you actually secretly admire Jackson and hope your respective teams could get him up in a trade. Why should anyone look to replace Brett Favre with a Brett Favre “mini-me”? God made one Brett Favre just like he made just one Tavaris Jackson. Doesn’t matter how you feel, we’ll happily keep him and watch him surprise all his faux detractors. ****** To all the Packer fans posting here: It absolutely amazes me how you were all Brett’s biggest fans until the coach and the manager botched it and forced Brett to leave. Then, instead of properly placing your blame and anger with the Packer coach and manager (the two biggest idiots in the NFL, just ahead of Packer fans), you pleasure yourselves by wiping the result of your twisted logic all over yourselves and these blogs. Do yourselves a HUGE favor – put down the block of cheese and cheap skunky Wisconsin beer then head down to Madison and audit a couple of courses on ‘Logic’ and ‘Critical Reasoning’. For those of you in Eau Clair, ‘audit’ means you won’t get a failing grade – no matter how dense you are.

  46. By justforfarve on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    huskervikingfan I assure I am in no way a secret TJack fan I wouldn’t let him coach a peewee football team. He has no business in the NFL the one time he did play in the playoffs he choked and the only reason he was there was because of ferrotte. Childress is to scared to look stupid that is why they have kept him. maybe jackson should be returning punts because he will never make it as an NFL QB well lets hope he at least paid attention in school so he has a backup plan. SKOL VIkes

  47. By HuskerVikingFan on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    @Justforfarve: Childress, in the past, present, and I predict future, has no reason now nor will he have anything to look stupid for regarding any of his draft or player decisions. 15 or 20 years hence, Viking and NFL history will look kindly, dare I say ‘reverently’, upon Brad Childress, as well as his already fabled predecessor and living legend – Bud Grant. Got Horns?

  48. By HuskerVikingFan on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    @JustforFarve and other Brad Childress detractors: Zygi Wilf’s decision to hire Childress after a fairly quick search proves just how sound “Conventional Wisdom” really is (not much!). Wilf’s decision to hire Childress is another example of the ’80 – 20′ rule. 80% of people think they know it all while 20% of people actually do. THANK YOU ZYGI!

  49. By justforfarve on Aug 20, 2010 | Reply

    @HuskerVikingFan I do not hate childress I just think he made a poor decision by drafting Tjack I know Chili is a very smart man but there are two types of smarts in this world book smart and street smart. However if Chili and the rest of the team can not pull it together this season it will be all for not because the Vikings will be playing in L.A. So I pray that they pull it together and win it all cause that will be there only chance at staying in MN.

  50. By HuskerVikingFan on Aug 20, 2010 | Reply

    @JustforFarve: In a much better national economy, a team owner who is unsatisfied with the love (or lack there of) of the local politicians and voters, could easily shop aroung for a new “honey” in another state. However, the current national economy stinks and that is about to shift into overdrive come this January 2011. That’s not to mention the absolutely atrocious state economy of California and the local L.A. and surrounding burghs’ economies. There is absolutely no economic base to support a major professional teams move to anywhere in California at this time. That well really went dry just after Governer “Moon Beam” left the governors mansion in Sacremento, the first time. All the same, I can’t wait for Sunday night! – Skol brother!

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