In an interview with ESPN, Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen said he’s a fan of Brett Favre but also noted that the Vikings are not going to “live and die” with whether Favre comes out of retirement to be their quarterback.
“Obviously he’s a tremendous player, he’s a phenomenal quarterback,” Allen said. “Selfishly I think just to say I had a chance to be Brett Favre’s teammate would be pretty cool. But other than that I really don’t have an opinion on it. We’re not going to put all our chips in the basket. We were pretty good without him last year.”
Asked what Favre would bring to the team, Allen said: “Whatever team he’s on, he creates a matchup problem for defenses because people have to worry about him. Obviously the guy has proven what he can do. He’s a veteran. He knows how to win. We’re on the verge of doing great things. We’ve just got to continue to work hard and obviously you get a vet like that, that’s been in championship situations, it can help push you over the edge.”
Allen said he hasn’t talked to any of his teammates about the Favre speculation but said most of them probably feel the same way he does.
“If we get him, it’s great. If not, our season is not going to live and die off the fact if he comes to our team or not,” he said.
Allen described himself as a “fan” of Favre when asked about his potential impact in the locker room.
“For me personally I’m a fan so to have him in the locker room would be kind of cool,” Allen said. “I would like to pick his brain about the NFL back in the day. I don’t think it’s overstated because you have a vet that conducts himself as a pro and you have young guys that can see that. That sets an example for years to come.”