One after another, the Minnesota Vikings mentioned how much they enjoyed playing with Brett Favre. Will the fun be one season and done?
The devastated Vikings gathered yesterday at their practice facility in Eden Prairie, Minn., for exit physicals and meetings with coaches, two weeks sooner than they hoped thanks to that epic overtime loss in New Orleans Sunday for the NFC championship.
Despite all the other intriguing in-game developments and offseason story lines, the day-after focus fell on the 40-year-old Favre’s future. He didn’t appear in the locker room at Winter Park while it was open to reporters, but his demeanor after the game and responses from teammates suggested he’s leaning toward quitting.
“In a situation like this I really don’t want to make a decision right now based on what’s happened, because I do know the year could not have gone any better aside from us not going to Miami,’’ Favre said Sunday night at the Superdome. “I really enjoyed it, to be honest. Just wondering if I can hold up, especially after a day like [Sunday].’’
He took a beating from the Saints, and the ankle injury he suffered in the third quarter was another reminder of how draining the game has been for him mentally and physically down the stretch of his 19-year career.
“From a physical standpoint I feel for him, but definitely mentally and emotionally as he always does he lays it on the line and gave it everything he had,’’ linebacker Ben Leber said. “I truly wish we could have him back next year, but that will be his decision.’’
Fletcher, 34, is the league’s most prolific tackler over the past decade, with at least 100 tackles in 11 consecutive seasons.
Also named to the NFC roster as replacements were quarterbacks Tony Romo of Dallas and Donovan McNabb of Philadelphia, cornerback Mike Jenkins of Dallas, strong safety Quintin Mikell of Philadelphia, and guard Chris Snee and tackle David Diehl of the Giants.
Named to the AFC roster were Jaguars quarterback David Garrard and Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis.