Vikings players insist the Brett Favre saga has not become a distraction, but there certainly was far more talk about the retired quarterback than anything else after the team’s OTA workout Thursday. Here are some quotes from a few players about Favre.
(Worried about Favre situation becoming a distraction?) “It’s not a distraction for me. I don’t go home and think about it. Whatever is going to happen is going to happen. I don’t even worry about it. I’ve got more important things to worry about. I’ve got my game to worry about and all I know is I’m going to be here. So I’m going to show up every day, will be here tomorrow and then I’ll be at camp.”
(Do you think chemistry would be an issue here with Favre?) “We’ve got a good locker room. The coaches and staff and organization does a great job of making this a family atmosphere around here. And so that’s the way we keep it. Everything is family-oriented.”
(How does Favre saga impact the team?) “Well, I mean, it’s kind of over now. We’ve kind of been there, done that. We’re ready to move along. We have two guys here that are working hard. Like I said, if he comes, it would be an asset. It would be exciting to have him here. He’s a Hall of Fame guy. But right now we can just work with what we have right now. So that’s what it is.”
(Do guys just want to know?) “I mean, you want to know. You have it lingering over your head, all day every day. Every time you turn on the TV, you see Favre or you see something about Favre or you see something about his shoulder or you see him working out at the high school in the morning. But you do want it to be finished with and you want to know what’s going on. But at the same time that’s something that we can’t control so we leave it alone.”
(How would Favre affect you personally?) “I heard he likes to throw to the tight end. [Smiling] So that’ll be good to have him in there. He’s sent a couple tight ends to the Pro Bowl. Of course it would be good for me. But it’ll be good for the team as well, to have a Hall of Fame quarterback in here. A well-seasoned guy that can really jump in, is used to this offense, this type of West Coast-style offense, it will be good to have him here.”
(You have a saying for this situation?) “Oh, the Favre-a-palooza. The Favre-a-palooza. It’s crazy. But every year is a circus. And you’ve got to expect it, man. But you know, he deserves the right to do that. He’s put in a lot of work and he’s that man.”
(Is he still worth all the fuss?) “Yeah, I do think it’s worth all the fuss. That’s Brett Favre, man. What is it, his 20th year, 19th year coming into the league? I wish I could play that long. And he still has that respect. It’s not like he is on the down slope. He’s on the up slope. So it’s respect.”
(Glad OTAs are over so you won’t have more Favre questions?) “Oh yeah. But I’ll probably still have to answer them. You don’t understand the text messages I get all day, every day from my family and friends about it. But you know, it comes with the territory. I won’t lie and say it don’t bother me. But I kind of got used to it.
“If you had to hear it year in and year out, all the time, eventually you’re going to be tired of it. But I guess it just comes with being the quarterback for the Vikings right now. It is what it is.”
(Do you know what’s happening?) “I’m just like y’all. They don’t inform us of any of the acquisitions that they make or whatever they’re thinking about. We’re just watching TV, pretty much hearing things the same time you hear.”
(Do you just want to know?) “You always want to know. Like any situation you’re in, you want to know. But I guess it’s not their job to tell me. So I’ll just go out here and try to get better. Just try to get better and take care of the part I can take care of.”
(How difficult is this situation?) “It’s a little different. There is a business side that you’ve got to factor in. You never know exactly where you are going to be or whatever. You can only take care of what you can take care of. I can’t make their decision for them. I can’t sit here and guess with them. I’ve just got to go out and try to get better.”
(How tough is Favre saga on you?) “I try not to follow all the stuff that is going on. I have other things going on that are a little more important right now. I have two kids and things I have to deal with everyday. I’m not sitting there watching ESPN and the news to figure out what the situation is. All I can control is my actions.”
(Do you just want to know?) “Uncertainty is never a good thing. But again I can’t control what the head coach does or the GM does. They’re going to make decisions. One day when I’m a head coach or I’m a GM I’ll be making decisions. But right now I’m just a quarterback. My job is to get the ball in the hands of the receivers and the running backs and tight ends.”