To Play or Not to Play? Favre Will Decide by July 30


Jul 15, 2009

To Play or Not to Play? Favre Will Decide by July 30 It was around this time last year that all of the fanfare surrounding Brett Favre’s NewYork Jets stint dominated headlines.

That time is coming again. Training camp is approaching, and Favre
needs to pick a team — or no team — before time runs out on July 30.

That’s the date the Minnesota Vikings will know whether or not they’ll have a future Hall of Fame quarterback taking the snaps in 2009.

“There’s two weeks left and I’m doing everything I can,” Favre told “I’m trying to get everything to where I feel 100 percent
when I go in. I can’t go in any less. When you’re 39 years old, it’s
hard enough. But it’s getting there.”

Favre underwent surgery to repair a biceps tendon in his arm during
the offseason, but he insists he is strong enough to return to the
gridiron — but will he make it through the grind of the entire season?

He seems to think so — or else he wouldn’t bother mulling  a return.

“I don’t think Minnesota would even consider it if I didn’t have
it,” Favre told “Second of all, I wouldn’t even think about
it if I didn’t have it. Now, having it here [practicing with high
school and college athletes in Mississippi] and having it on the field
on Sundays is two different things, I know that for a fact.

“I know what it takes to play on Sundays and I still believe I have that.”

Last season, Favre led the Jets to a 9-7 record, throwing for 22
touchdowns, 3,472 yards, and 22 picks. Throughout his 16-year NFL
career, he has accumulated 464 touchdowns, 65,127 yards, and 310

The Vikings are willing to wait on Favre — and should he decide to
return for one more season in the league, they’ll welcome him with open

“Right now, it’s all up to Brett Favre in terms of where his future is at,” owner Zygi Wilf told the crowd at a fan forum in June. “I’ll just leave it at that.”

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