Shiancoe: Favre has earned special exceptions

It wasn’t all that long ago that the Brett Favre Watch animation was unveiled on NFL Total Access for the first time this offseason (even though we’re not keeping track, really). At that time, one of the conversations inside the NFL newsroom was the different set of rules for Favre and if it’s problematic that he would presumably miss mandatory team work if/when he returns.

Well, clearly Favre Watch isn’t as hot this offseason, as many expect he will at some point announce his return for the 2010 season. It’s equally expected that Favre won’t take part in training camp in his 20th NFL season, a proposition that Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune estimates is near 100 percent, in fact. The standard operating procedure in Minnesota is that Favre is the exception, a possible slippery slope when Adrian Peterson is drawing the ire of coach Brad Childress for missing time during this weekend’s mandatory minicamp.

There is the double standard. The rules that apply to Favre don’t apply to everyone. But if “everyone” is OK with that, is there really an issue?

Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe, for one, isn’t bothered by the Favre Rules, and while being one of the first teammates to publicly acknowledge the double standard, also shed some light on what others could be thinking.

“Brett is a player of his own,” Shiancoe told the Star Tribune. “Of course, there are going to be exceptions for him. Everybody knows that. It’s Brett Favre. He’s earned the right and everybody else feels the same way, especially after the season he had last year with the interception ratio compared to the completion ratio. I wish I could play like that when I’m 40 years old, 41 years old. He’s still running around like he’s 28, 27. It’s all love for him. We accept him back when he comes back.”

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