EDEN PRAIRIE, MINN. (AP) - Brett Favre is back in Minnesota, right on schedule.
For the second year in a row, the quarterback who spends his summers on the verge of retirement was driven to Vikings headquarters on the Tuesday following the team’s first preseason game. Just like last August, news helicopters followed his vehicle from a local airport and dozens of fans and media gathered at the entrance to Winter Park to greet him.
“Circus in Winter Park,” tight end Visanthe Shiancoe tweeted.
Nothing the Vikings haven’t seen before.
On Aug. 18, 2009, Favre boarded a private plane from Hattiesburg, Miss., and arrived in Minnesota. Coach Brad Childress picked him up and brought him to the team facility. He practiced the same day and suited up for a preseason game three days later.
“Helicopters acting like they are following O.J.,” Shiancoe tweeted. “Where is the bronco.”
Longwell pulled into the team complex as the fans cheered and photographers snapped pictures, whisking him to a back entrance.
Presumably, Favre did not make the trip just to tell the Vikings he was retiring, but the team issued no formal confirmation that the star quarterback was taking back his starting job. He is, however, under contract _ the second season in a two-year, $25 million deal.
The Vikings instead issued a media schedule for Wednesday, announcing that coach Brad Childress will hold his regular news conference following practice. The team also said that a “media availability with QB Brett Favre is to be determined.”
Favre will turn 41 in October and has flirted with retirement for years, while playing for the Green Bay Packers, the New York Jets and now the Vikings. He threw 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions last season to help Minnesota reach the NFC title game.
The three-time MVP had been thinking about hanging it up again this year after injuring his ankle in January’s NFC championship loss to New Orleans. He had surgery on his left ankle in June, and told teammates and some team officials earlier in August that it hadn’t healed enough for him to return for a 20th NFL season.View Entire Story
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