Ryan Longwell said in an interview that he thinks it’s “50/50″ his former teammate Brett Favre will come out of retirement to lead the Vikings. Longwell, who has been in contact with Favre all throughout the off-season, says Favre’s main concern now is whether his body – not just his arm – will be able to withstand the pounding of a 16-game NFL season, not to mention playoffs and inevitable Super Bowl.
“The way he plays the game is full throttle and that’s the way he wants to be able to play because that’s the way he’s been successful,” Longwell said. “His concern is not the arm or anything anymore it’s that his body at 40-years-old isn’t going to last the whole season playing at that level.
“Through his workouts and running and throwing and everything over the past month or so the arm he says has felt good. It’s just the body doesn’t recover as quick and I think him, knowing the way he wants to play the game he just doesn’t want anything to hinder that. If the body is going to give out obviously that would hinder the way he played the game.”
Again, if Favre isn’t 100% on this thing, not just in his commitment to the team but his faith in his own ability to play, then he should shut it down. And I’m sure that’s exactly how he feels too. Believe me, the last thing Favre wants is to go out there and make a fool of himself. His legacy has already taken enough hits – why stain it further by suffering through some abortive comeback?
We’ll understand, Brett, if you decide to push the eject button on this. I mean, yeah – it’ll be hard for some, but the rational among us will respect your decision. I can’t really speak for the drones who’ve already chugged whole vats of your Kool Aid. I guess some of them will commit suicide, and the rest will spend the next few years bitter and disappointed. But those people are just fringe loonies. Don’t let them influence you.