Published: July 15th, 2010 | Tags: Adrian Peterson, Artis Hicks, Beastie Boys, Bernard Berrian, Brett Favre, Calais Campbell, Darnell Dockett, Darren Sharper, Ephraim Salaam, Jeremy Shockey, Joe Namath, Minnesota Vikings, Owen Daniels, Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice, Terrell Suggs, Toby Gerhart, Visanthe Shiancoe
Somebody in America believes Brett Favre will retire this offseason.
Ha, ha. Just kidding. That’s crazy talk. Nobody believes that.
Favre will play for the Vikings in 2010. I don’t believe America has been this united on a subject since we unanimously agreed that the ending of “The Sopranos” was really lame.
The only thing certain in life, other than death and taxes, is that Favre will return to the NFL. Or at least we’ll keep talking about it.
Every NFL player who walked the red carpet for the ESPYs on Wednesday night in Los Angeles were in agreement. Adrian Peterson, Darren Sharper, Ephraim Salaam, Jeremy Shockey, Calais Campbell, Darnell Dockett, Owen Daniels and even Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath. Terrell Suggs receives the nod for the most clever response, referencing Paul Revere — and no, not the Beastie Boys’ song.
Our own Pat Kirwan — weighing in from Lake Tahoe — even picked the date, Aug. 23. I will best him and go on record with Aug. 22.
The players appear more amused than bothered by Favre Watch. Campbell might have explained it best when he said Favre likely spends his time trying to convince himself to retire, but he just can’t do it once the season rolls around.
And who can blame Favre for wanting to play?
As Mike Mayock points out, there are plenty of weapons at Favre’s disposal. Peterson is not only the best running back in the game but possibly the best football player, according to Mayock. Plus, the Vikings added a great third-down weapon in rookie RB Toby Gerhart.
The receivers are great, with Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian. TE Visanthe Shiancoe keeps getting better and better as he opens up the middle of the field for Favre. The Vikings have nothing but offensive options.
The only downside is the depth on the offensive line following the free-agent departure of Artis Hicks.
Still, does anybody believe that will be enough to keep Favre from playing? Yeah, I didn’t think so either.