Wednesday, August 19, 2009
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Brett Favre's latest retirement lasted all of three weeks.
The three-time MVP has done an about-face for the second time in as many years and will play for the Vikings this season.
'I felt I did everything I possibly could do to get where I need to be,' Favre said Tuesday. 'You're 39, your arm may not feel like it did at 21. But the pieces are in place that you don't have to do that much and I agree with that.
'If they were willing to take that chance, I was, too.'
If the wait for Favre's decision seemed never-ending, it was resolved in a few short hours. He jumped on a team plane in Mississippi and was picked up at the St. Paul airport by coach Brad Childress himself. The two drove to the team's practice facility, where Favre waved to hundreds of cheering fans.
No less than 90 minutes later, Favre was on the field in his familiar No. 4 jersey with purple shorts and a purple helmet, a vision that has had Packers fans cringing about for months. He shook hands with a few of his new teammates and quickly began throwing as fans peeked through the security fence to catch a glimpse of the superstar.
Shortly after practice began, the Vikings confirmed the agreement that seemed so inevitable all summer, only to be held up on July 28 when the man who holds every major NFL career passing record told Childress he wasn't ready to play, citing a lack of confidence in his beat-up body to hold up over an entire season.