Favre talks about decision, expectations for season

 Here are a few portions of Brett Favre’s news conference on Wednesday:

  • On his decision: “It was very tough. I can make a case for both playing and not playing. I think, ultimately, much has been made of it, but it was really about the team. … It’s hard to make people understand. … This team is a very good football team. The chances here are much greater than other places. There’s lot of places that can say they have a legitimate chance, but this is one of those teams.”  
  • On playing this week: “I would like to. I would like to. I took a lot of reps today. Much like last year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not real excited about getting hit anytime soon. But that’s part of it. … I think there’s no substitute for calling plays in the huddle and a real game environment.”
  • On getting ready to play: “My arm feels great. But to think that it’s ready for the first game, that’s going to take some time. But I’m not really concerned about that. I want the reaction time and to get over the initial soreness that I tend to have. The soreness that you get in your shoulder a little bit.”
  • What to expect in his level of play: “Never in my wildest dreams when we stood here last year did I think I would play the way I did. When you look at the 18 year previous, I never played that good. The good Lord has blessed me with a lot of talent and ability, and even what I lacked in confidence last year, going into the season, I continued to get better and better with each week. I was even amazed. And, to think that I can surpass that this year, first of all I don’t need to. Because as well as I played — by far it was the best in my career – it wasn’t enough. That just goes to show you that all three phases have to be hitting at the right time. … Part of me said it was such a great year, it would be easy to say ‘Hey, I can’t play any better. Why even try?’ But then another part was that I was playing at a high level, why not go back out? Everything for the most part seems to be fine. And that’s true. The expectations are high here, as they should be. From my standpoint, I can’t make any guarantees. Never will. I’m just going to do everything I can to help this football team.”
  • On winning: “Whatever it takes for us to win. The bottom line is winning. I’m not here to set any records. … I’ve done it all. There’s nothing left for me to prove. I’m here to have fun and help these guys win. I really enjoy these guys like you wouldn’t believe. I think the feeling is mutual. So, once again, it’s really about these guys. It really is. … From the outside looking in, you might think differently. But they know I have their back, and I think they have mine too.”
  • On his health: That was a question I had to ask myself: Do I just think I can do it and I physically can’t? That’s a major question. And one only I can answer. I can’ t promise you I’ll make it though a season. I couldn’t promise you that when I was 21. … Will that be the case this year? I have no idea. I feel as good as I felt last year. … I don’t want to come out here and hurt this football team by coming out here and not playing at a high level. Surgery was the first step in finding out.”
  • On Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels: I had a good conversation with them. I know they want to play. They can’t be sitting there high-fiving and happy. I know that. But they both handled it extremely well. I’ve talked with them directly, even before I knew what I was going to do. I wanted everyone to be all in. And I think that’s why we’ve been successful here.”
  • The perception of his decision: I can’t expect anyone out here, anyone who is on the outside looking in who is not affiliated with this group, to understand it. People are going to say it’s wrong or right or whatever, Everyone is going to have their take on it. But I really think it’s a tribute to the guys.”
  • Expectations from last season: “Even though my expectations are to find that magic again, I know it’s hard. That’s why it’s football. Not everyone can do it. Me coming in brings a lot of expectations, and lot of hoopla. No one is deserving or is worthy of all the attention. Heck, I’m not. But that’s the way it is. I’ll go ahead and do everything I can to help this team win. I know I can do that.”
  • On the Vikings: “I owe it to this organization to give it one more try.”
  • Coming up short to the Super Bowl: “We came very close to the Super Bowl, and I think had we won that championship game, it would would have been said that it was destiny for the Vikings. It was meant to be. And I think it would have been as justified as it was for the Saints. … It seemed like destiny. As we were driving on that last drive, I’m thinking, ‘It’s destiny alright. But for us.’ … So I knew on that ride home there would be some tough decisions to make. … All I could think about is that we were so close. I was so close to taking these guys to the Super Bowl. I just kept thinking that even though I don’t owe them something, maybe I should give it one more try. There’s no guarantees, as it should be.”
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