Brett Favre once again showed the Packers that he still can play — this time at Lambeau Field — then immediately let his feelings flow.
After throwing four touchdown passes in the Vikings’ 38-26 road victory, Favre’s voice cracked with emotion while he was interviewed by FOX’s Pam Oliver on the field.
Favre was much more composed at the postgame news conference, taking the podium at 8:07 p.m. ET. He shook some reporters’ hands as he walked into the room, then used some lip balm to prepare his mouth for the 13-minute barrage of questions to come.
“It had nothing to do with trying to prove myself to anyone,” Favre said of beating the Packers. “I still have a passion for it (playing football). My arm feels great, my mind is in a good place. … I’m glad it’s over. I’m glad we won. I’m not going to sit here and throw any daggers.”
But Favre did throw daggers through the Packers’ secondary, which has allowed him to complete 41 of 59 passes for 515 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions in two games this season.
“I would much rather have ridden Adrian’s coattails all day,” Favre said, referring to Vikings RB Adrian Peterson.
Packers fans loudly booed Favre, who spent 16 seasons in Green Bay but left under controversy in 2008 after he reversed course on retirement. He was traded to the Jets, played with an injured shoulder, then retired again before coming back to sign with the Vikings during training camp three months ago.
Favre didn’t seem too concerned about the boos, repeatedly crediting Packers fans for their passion, and described the Sunday morning drive into Green Bay as a surreal experience.
“I saw some cheers (and) a couple fingers,” Favre said, drawing a loud laugh from the assembled reporters.