The Brett Favre un-retirement story is changing and developing hour by hour. And right now, there doesn’t seem to be any better place to chase the story than Hattiesburg, Miss.
I flew into Hattiesburg this morning and went right to the office of Bus Cook, Favre’s agent. We talked for about 45 minutes off camera and about another five minutes on camera in an interview that you’ll see today on NFL Network’s Total Access.
As for the reported scheduled meeting between Vikings coach Brad Childress and Favre today, Cook told me he has no knowledge of any such meeting – one that has taken place or will take place in the future.
We actually had direct communication with Favre — through Cook. The two were texting throughout our conversation, and at one point, I asked Cook to deliver a text to Favre for me. I asked Cook to ask Favre if he indeed would meet with Childress. Favre’s response was that he was laying sand in the yard and we could come join him.
So, basically, Favre was doing yard work. I was crestfallen that Favre’s invitation wasn’t sincere.
Favre would neither confirm nor deny that he will meet with Childress.
I did think this was interesting: During the course of our conversation, Cook did say that if Favre were to ever come back with the Vikings, it wouldn’t be for revenge against the Packers. One other thing: Cook flatly rejected reports that he has investigated the idea of hiring a coach to work with Favre while the quarterback ponders a return. Actually, Cook laughed at the notion.
I’m currently at Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport, the very airport Childress would fly in to if he were to travel here today. So, I’ll have the latest if or when it does happen.
– Scott Hanson