Brett Favre Has Back-Stepped Comfortably Into the Pocket with Minnesota
We can identify football heroes by the number on their back. The Minnesota Vikings may be playing a team sport but number 4 is their hero. Brett Favre led Minnesota to finish the regular football season with a 12-4 record and wrapped up the most meaningful home-field advantage in the conference — the Vikings are the only NFC team unbeaten at home this season.
We do not know what would have happened if the Vikings had not paid Favre what seemed to be a foolish price of $12 million dollars for the season. But heroes are not cheap. They are skilled and superior. When Favre is on target - damage to the opposition. When he is off – oops! And he has had a couple of those games – witness the 30-to-17 loss to the Cardinals.
But Favre is not looking to end his career going gently into the night. That was not an idle chat he had with coach Brad Childress during that Panthers game. Nineteen years of experience says, ”keep me in coach!” And after the loss to the Bears he came gunning back and blasted the visiting New York Giants 44-7.
The elder Favre was a cult hero in Green Bay. After this season he certainly has his followers in Minnesota. We love leaders. We love heroes. And if we do not see our hero in the Super Bowl we may see him for the last time in the Pro Bowl. It will be Favre's eleventh.