The Minnesota Vikings are still waiting for their answer from Brett Favre, but Jay Leno isn’t.
The Tonight Show host will interview Favre next Thursday, four days removed from Leno’s re-entry into late night and just hours before the kickoff of free agency.
Just don’t expect Rick Spielman to stay up late to watch his quarterback’s return to Leno’s show, which also has booked actor Matthew McConaughey and the alternative band Lifehouse for the same night.
“I’m usually not up that late at night,” the Vikings’ vice president of player personnel told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday. “I’m an early-riser-and-early-to-bed guy.”
Favre’s appearance on The Tonight Show next week is significant because he hasn’t spoken publicly since the Vikings lost in New Orleans in the NFC Championship Game. Just don’t expect him to say anything significant. Spielman certainly isn’t, and he seems perfectly content on waiting for an answer from his 40-year-old quarterback.
“I think everybody feels comfortable with” Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels, Spielman said. “We have stated that we would love to have him (Favre) back. But we’ll just keep on going about our normal business and continue building our team as we go through these processes over the next six months and see where we end up.”
Does that mean the Vikings are secure with Jackson or Rosenfels as their quarterback if Favre decides to retire? Spielman wouldn’t commit.
This time of year, he said, “everything is etched in oatmeal.”