Either that, or Favre's leadership skills are positively unparalleled. He was named a team captain after spending less than a month with the Vikings.
Favre — who said earlier this week that he may not be "up for" playing all 16 games this season — will join guard Steve Hutchinson, defensive tackle Kevin Williams, linebacker E.J. Henderson and kicker Ryan Longwell as the team captains in 2010, according to ESPN.com. Minnesota will also elect a sixth captain on a game-by-game basis.
"Chemistry is so important," the 39-year-old veteran told the Web site earlier this week. "I don't care how good of a player I may be [or] the next guy may be. In this game of football, it takes 11. Being on the same page, the unit that plays more as one than as opposed to a bunch of individuals is the one that succeeds."
Favre signed with the Vikings on Aug. 18 after declaring his retirement from football at the end of July. He worked feverishly to learn the playbook in time for the opener against Cleveland, and despite earlier reports that his arrival caused some locker room tension, all discomfort appears to have dissipated.
"You can't coach chemistry," Favre said. "You can't fake it. It has to happen. You have to believe in one another and that is ongoing. This is a good group of guys; it really is. As I told them, I am honored to be part of this team."
And as happy as Favre is to be a part of the Vikings, all indications show that the Vikings are equally pleased to have him on their side. Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe has been impressed with Favre's dedication and leadership thus far.
"He pretty much answered everybody's questions," he told ESPN.com. "Cleaned up everybody's wonders."
Of course, if Favre flops on Sunday, new wonders could arise. And everyone knows that the best leaders succeed in the face of adversity.
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