So Brett Favre couldn’t get his own show on ESPN to announce his latest comeback a la LeBron James?
What’s with that, Brett?
If you’re going to do the old on-again, off-again, on-again game regarding your retirement or your comeback, why not try some new shtick?
This one is getting
But here we go again, folks, as thanks to the begging of three teammates who flew down to Hattiesburg, Miss., on Tuesday to make their pleas on bended knee, the veteran gunslinger has apparently decided to come back for another season with the Minnesota Vikings.
The players in question — and maybe it was a kidnapping and not a request — were guard Steve Hutchinson, defensive end Jared Allen and kicker Ryan Longwell.
This after Favre told his teammates two weeks ago that he was retiring and would not be back.
Talk about playing the role of drama queen to the hilt.
Nobody took Favre’s dispatches about retiring seriously and the Vikings are believed to be sweetening the financial pot, increasing his salary to $16 million US from the $13 million he would have been paid under the old terms of the two-year deal he signed a year ago.
It was hard to believe that Favre would limp away from the game after the success he enjoyed in 2009 when he was an interception away from leading the Vikes to the Super Bowl in the NFC championship thriller against the Saints.
Last year, Favre, who turns 41 in October, led the Vikings to a 12-4 record in the regular season and was oh-so-close to taking his team to the Super Bowl.
Now he’s back for a 20th
It will be difficult for him to duplicate his 2009 season when he threw for 4,202 yards with 33 touchdowns, a career-low seven interceptions and a career-best 107.2 passer rating.
As far as his health goes, Favre appears to be recovered from an ankle injury suffered in the NFC championship game and was given a thumps up by renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
So there’s no reason for him not to launch what will be his third comeback after announcing he was through.
All that was missing was a little dose of drama and that was supplied Tuesday by the three amigos that travelled to Mississippi.
MISSING THE MESSAGE
The NFL has made a big deal about how they have finally come around to regarding concussions as serious medical issues that will be handled with extreme care, the health of the player being the No. 1 focus.
But you have to wonder.
In Green Bay, Packers running back Ryan Grant questions if he made the right decision after getting his bell rung in a pre-season game Saturday against Cleveland.
After being hit in the head when tackled, Grant knew something was wrong and tried to make it to the sidelines. Instead, he stumbled and stopped, which brought out the medical team.
“Maybe it would’ve been a little different if I’d have stayed on a knee and said, ‘I just got the wind knocked out of me, let me take a couple plays off and come back,’ ’’ Grant said.
Instead, Grant was diagnosed with a concussion. According to NFL policy he now needs clearance from an independent neurologist, instead of the team doctor, before he is able to return to practice which could be as early as Wednesday.
When asked about the NFL’s policy, Grant left the impression that it goes against the competitive nature of all players.
“I’ve gotten hit in the head numerous (times) and popped up and been fine,” he said. “Do I think this was to the point where (it was a concussion)? I probably should’ve stayed on a knee, just to get my wits together, but it’s one of those things. I’m going to do everything I can do with them to get back, because I don’t want to be out. But at the same time, I know it’s severe and you’ve got to be smart about it.’’
It appears likely that tarnished Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will make his 2010 pre-season debut on Saturday but it’s doubtful that Giants QB Eli Manning will play in the game.
While Roethlisberger is suffering from shaky personal off-season decisions that led to him being suspended for the start of the regular season, Manning will likely be out thanks to a 12-stitch gash he took in the head on Monday night in a game against the Jets.
“Our medical people will make all of those decisions and the health and well-being will be first and foremost in terms of the decision to be made,’’ Giants coach Tom Coughlin said.
“There is great deal of attention placed in this area (head injuries).’’