Shiancoe: Favre would be an asset

June 7th, 2009 – 11:56 PM by Judd Zulgad

Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe expressed no concerns about Brett Favre possibly playing for the Vikings at the age of 40 this season.

Shiancoe after initially saying he had little to say about Favre during an appearance on Mark Rosen’s “Sports Sunday” show on WCCO-TV, told guest host Mike Max: “I think [Favre] would be great. He still has that fire in him. That’s a Hall of Famer. It’s not like his career has been on the downswing, it’s been on the upswing. So it would only be an asset to have him on the team. I know that.”

The Favre-to-the-Vikings story took another twist Sunday night when ESPN reported the quarterback had undergone arthroscopic surgery to repair the partially torn biceps in his throwing shoulder. ESPN also reported that Favre remains unable to make a commitment to playing for the Vikings because subsequent throwing sessions indicate the shoulder is not yet 100 percent.

Shiancoe, who has been working with his teammates at Winter Park in recent weeks during Organized Team Activities, said discussion of Favre hasn’t come up much in the locker room. 

“It’s so much out there that people don’t even talk about it anymore,” he said. “It’s just like, whatever happens is going to happen. Of course, like I said, it would be an asset to have a Hall of Famer on our team and to lead this team. But we have T. Jack [Tarvaris Jackson], we have [Sage] Rosenfels. They are working hard every day and they are doing wonderful out there. Very wonderful.”

Max told Shiancoe that in the business that is considered a good answer — at least when it comes to the proper response for a member of the Vikings.

Responded Shiancoe: “Politically correct.”

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