On Thursday, Brett Favre faced the assembled Wisconsin media for the first time since forcing his way out of Green Bay. To say the Wisconsin scribes and TV folks had a lot of questions saved up would be an understatement.
Of course most of those questions centered around Favre’s departure from the Packers and tales of his desire for revenge against Ted Thompson.
According to certain writers, including Peter King, Favre’s deep urge to stick it to Thompson for replacing him with Aaron Rodgers before his time was up was a main motivating factor behind his signing with the Vikings. Favre says this is completely untrue.
“I didn’t say it was about revenge,” Favre explained. “It wasn’t about revenge to begin with. The fact that I had a torn biceps had an affect on how we finished up. I really wasn’t willing to have the surgery…I felt like I could play. I think I proved that last year. Being released by New York, I still had to have the surgery to play at a high enough level. I eventually decided to have it.”
So why did King think Favre lusted for vengeance? Maybe Peter read a little too much into something Favre told him.
“What I said with Peter (King) was that it was human nature — I didn’t use the word revenge — to prove to someone that I could play,” Favre claimed. “That’s not motivation enough, never would be for me. It’s too long a season.”
Favre was also asked about former understudy Aaron Rodgers and whether he has reached out to him.
“For what?” Favre replied. “I think Aaron has not only done well, but I think he’ll have a great career. I said that from Day One. That’s why they drafted him. No one’s called me. I’ve talked to [Donald Driver]…I don’t know what to tell you.”
Journal-Sentinel sports reporter Tom Silverstein says Favre looked “nervous” and “apprehensive” at the press conference, and says the experience was “definitely was uncomfortable for him.” I don’t know why it would be. He was only standing in front of a bunch of people whose entire purpose was to expose him as a fraud.
Of course Favre is too slippery to be caught saying anything truly explosive. He’s been at it a long time. Longer than a lot of the reporters trying to grill him.
And this is all just sideshow anyway. The main event comes Monday night, on the field, with the reporters safely tucked away in their booths. The only ones who’ll have to worry then are the Packers’ DBs.