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Favre looks good in purple!

  • Jan 22, 2010

If a Disney writer, a Hollywood producer, and the NFL commissioner all got in a room together before this football season, you would have a movie script that has the 40-year old Brett Favre leading the championship-deprived Minnesota Vikings to the Superbowl.
And yet, that is what Favre and the Vikings have nearly accomplished. After demolishing the Dallas Cowboys last weekend in the Metrodome, the Minnesota Vikings are heading to the NFC Championship against the New Orleans Saints. To many, the Saints represent a heart-warming story in their own right, a story much more about the city in which they play than the players on the field. Much respect to that story-line, but this review is about the Brett Favre Vikings.
Brett Favre is one of the most prolific passers to play professional football. His long career with the Green Bay Packers had already made him a Hall-of-Famer, but like a few other aging legends, Favre couldn’t quit the sport he loves. But the Packers and some of the media-doubters tried to quit him. To all those Packer fans out there, he desperately wanted to return to Green Bay as the starter. It was only after management made the decision to start Aaron Rodgers that Favre wanted to leave. But all past is prologue and only makes Favre’s ascendancy this season all the more dramatic.
Favre is a football player from another time. Decades ago, the NFL wasn’t dominated by 350 lb lineman and 22-year old rookies with million-dollar contracts. The game is faster, careers are much shorter, and the players are much younger. Brett Favre is the older exception while young players like Sidney Rice, Reggie Bush, and Mark Sanchez are the rule. In a time when many coaches and commentators are still in their 30s, Brett Favre stands in the pocket making touchdown passes in his 40s.
The difference with Favre’s numbers this season is that he knows he’s on a championship-caliber team. He doesn’t have to force many passes like in other years, but Favre will not sit idly by and let this Vikings team go quietly into the night. Favre, more than anyone, knows that every NFL team is talented because they are paid too much not to be. One offensive drive for a score, one pivotal defensive takeaway, one special team’s touchdown, can change the momentum for either side. Individual talent can often create these opportunities, but leadership under pressure can sustain or overcome them. Playoff football teams are more than the sum of their individually-talented parts, because they’ve taken the other team’s best shot, and still come out victorious. They don’t quit despite their body’s fatigue or the dwindling time left on the clock.
Favre doesn’t quit. Early this season, Favre showed his new team that he wouldn’t quit on them. Late in the game against the San Francisco 49ers, the Vikings were down 20 to 24 in their first home game at the Metrodome. With 89 seconds left on their own 20-yard line, Favre began the 4th Quarter drive against the stifling Niner defense. Having to go for the touchdown, Favre evaded tacklers and took a savage hit immediately after throwing a last second 32-yard pass to his receiver in the corner of the endzone. While watching the offense from the sidelines on that final drive, All-Pro Defensive End Jared Allen was asked what he was thinking. “Be Brett, just one more time, be Brett,” Allen said. (Check out the clip below of the “Immaculate Reception”)

In their first postseason game, Favre showed the same kind of veteran leadership against Dallas. The Cowboys were easily marching down the field on their first two possessions, only being stopped by a DE Ray Edwards-caused Romo fumble and a missed field goal. Favre recognized that the Viking offense was a little intimidated watching the well-oiled Dallas offense roll down the field like they owned the Metrodome. The Vikings offense, meanwhile, had a 3-and-out and a punt. After getting their first 1st down on their second possession, Favre gunned it 47-yards to a streaking Sidney Rice for the first touchdown of the game. Suddenly, the momentum switched, and it was Dallas that started to play intimidated. Favre would follow that drive with 3 more touchdown passes and no interceptions to lead the Vikes to a 34-to-3 thumping of the Boys.
Enough cannot be said of the front four of the Vikings defense. Pat Williams, Kevin Williams, Ray Edwards, and Jared Allen are four of the best in the league. Tony Romo looked like a 10-speed bicycle going the wrong way in the truck lane. And with the Cowboy running game going nowhere, Romo had to keep taking shots all game.
One more very honorable mention, needs to go to receiver Sidney Rice. Favre has taken a liking to Rice, and the two seem to be on an offensive roll that can take them all the way to the Superbowl. As an unheralded receiver in his first two years, Sidney Rice earned Favre’s respect because he doesn’t give up on his routes and he knows Favre is often back behind the line of scrimmage, still scrambling for an open receiver. Separated by 17 years, Favre and Rice both have the same, age-less dedication to win; because Rice and many other Viking fans know, that there’s just no quit in Brett Favre.

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March 17, 2012
Good review. You really know Favre's career! The Williams', Edwards, and Allen should have been known as The Four Norsemen or The Wall of America.
February 13, 2010
He is the Cal Ripken of football. Nice job
January 23, 2010
oh wow! this is such an in-depth coverage of the team! I am glad that Fauvre is in the playoffs hopefully he'll get to the SUPERBOWL. I really liked your title!
January 23, 2010
I'm planning to adjust the tint on my TV until Favre's purple jersey turns green. Go Pack! (living in denial...)
January 23, 2010
Great review! I think the Saints - Vikings game is gonna be more exciting than the super bowl.
January 23, 2010
I agree. The Vikes nearly beat the Saints in the season...have you checked this out? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0Hv7Tc1VoE

I got so pumped that I almost tackled my aunt LMAO
January 22, 2010
Awesome review! I absolutely love Brett Favre!  As a hardcore Jets fan, I'm hoping for a Viking Jets superbowl.  I would probably be the happiest man on the planet!
January 30, 2010
Too bad it didn't work out! On the bright side I don't have to watch Favre get sacked one more time!
January 22, 2010
Great review!!! While I have mixed emotions about Brett Favre I am kind of hoping for a Vikings-Jets Super Bowl. What a great storyline that would be! Good luck to the Vikings this Sunday!
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The Minnesota Vikings participate in the National Football League (NFL) and are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minnesota plays its games in the North of the NFC. The Minnesota Vikings, founded in 1961, play home games at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome and have won one NFL Titles (1969).
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