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“I think sky’s the limit,” Childress said of Favre’s potential. “Everybody’s always got to play around the quarterback, but he’s got a good football team around him and he won’t have to do it all himself.”
That’s what everyone said last year when he arrived in Minnesota, yet he ended up carrying the offense for large stretches of the season.
Even more so than his performance on the field, the Vikings wanted the charismatic Favre back in the locker room. After quickly ingratiating himself to the team in the preseason, Favre was voted a captain and the rest of the veteran group gravitated toward his leadership style.
Said Childress: “I think that’s the definition of a leader _ somebody that people want to play for and play well for. Just at the time he was coming back yesterday, sitting in our cafeteria, the buzz was palpable. It elevates everyone in the building and that’s what a franchise QB does.”
Whereas last season Favre eased into the year with gimmes against Cleveland and Detroit the first two weeks, he’ll need to be ready right from the start in 2010. The Vikings open the season on Sept. 9 at New Orleans and also play Miami, at the Jets, Dallas, at Green Bay and at New England in the first seven games.
Given his familiarity with a team that brings virtually every key performer back from last season, Favre should have an easier time getting back into the swing of things after missing another training camp.
“Last year all the things he had to worry about _ trying to win over the guys, trying to make an impression, earn their trust, I said, ‘Brett, that’s all done. The guys, they want you here. Everybody knows you and you’re comfortable. That’s one less thing you have to do. Just come out and have fun,’” Hutchinson said.
There were plenty of doubters when Favre got off a private plane last year and arrived to a staggering amount of pomp and circumstance.
There likely will be even more this year, and the grandpa jokes will be plenty after his 21-year-old daughter Brittany gave birth to Favre’s first grandchild in April.
“You should always be on your toes. You should always be looking over your shoulder, especially when you’re soon-to-be 41 and a new grandfather,” Favre said. “You should really be because everyone’s writing you off. It just seems like at 40, the guy’s a has-been.
“So in saying that, it’s motivation for me. I don’t feel like I have anything to prove, but if I’m going to play, I want to play at a high level.”
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