So we all know Brett Favre has become a punchline in recent years, for his mulitple retirements and his penchant for throwing interceptions at the most inopportune times.
To his credit, Favre did play pretty well today before Myron Pryor knocked him out of the game in the fourth quarter with a crushing hit: he was 22-for-32 for 259 yards and an interception.
After the game, both he and Randy Moss held noteworthy press conferences, but for entirely different reasons: Moss interviewed himself, taking no questions as he went on for several minutes about how wonderful the Patriots organization is while also throwing the Vikings under the bus a couple of times.
Favre, however, took the opportunity to praise himself.
Here’s a sample:
Q: At what point did Brad Childress come to you and say you were starting today?
A: We didn’t discuss it very much. It was more or less me trying to rehab. I shouldn’t even say rehab, it was treatment. I don’t know what to say. I was shocked that I was able to play and move around the way I was. My prayers were answered. I wanted the chance to play. I wanted the chance to play and play at a high enough level to give us a chance to win. That was my main concern, which it would be is you were [Childress] or anyone else. I didn’t want to play just to play. I didn’t want to come in for one play to get a start; I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to come in and help this team win. It was touch-and-go even before the game today. You guys were in there [at Vikings’ practice] for the first five or 10 minutes on Friday and you probably saw me do as much then as I did after you left. I didn’t go through the mock game yesterday. I missed Wednesday and Thursday. I just went out for the last 10 minutes of practice. I don’t know what to say. The foot is still broken – it is a clear break. It probably should hurt worse than it does. I don’t know what to say. So, to be able to come out and play and give us a chance to win and play at a high level, you know, Monday and Tuesday I couldn’t even walk.
Q: Do you expect to be ‘questionable’ every week for the rest of the season?
A: Like I have said all along, it has been so long since I haven’t played that I expect to play. I don’t expect to get eight stitches in my chin – that is a first time. I guess what I am trying to say is that I don’t expect to get hurt, but when I do, I expect to bounce back. As I said last week, I came back and made a decision to come back. I feel like this team is close. I have no idea what will happen the rest of the year, but I am in it to win it. So hopefully our guys will not go south from this. I think we have good character guys. There is still a lot of football left but it is disappointing. I could care less about the questionable, probable, all that stuff. I just expect to play, but I expect to play at a high level.
Q: How does it strike you that one week it is the elbow, the next the foot and now the jaw in the context of the streak?
A: I am sure people right now…I had to come out and didn’t get to see the end of the game, which is rare for me. Going into the tunnel on the cart, I thought to myself for a brief second, ‘what in the world am I doing?’ But there is nothing like competing. But then again, there is nothing worse than losing. So weighing that, and from the physical side of it, I really can’t complain. I probably should. I played with a broken foot and I am getting eight stitches on my chin and then the elbow – I have been battling tendonitis. I thought I threw the ball as well as I have thrown it in quite awhile. We ran some bootlegs. Now, talk to me in 10 years and we may think differently, but then again, we may not. Here I am, 20 years, I don’t know how many games — a lot — and I still feel like I can play at a high level, getting hit like that. I think what would keep most guys out for a long time obviously hasn’t kept me out. Call it dumb, call it hard-headed, call it what you want, maybe all of the above. I love to compete. It is just unfortunate when you lose a game like this. By the way, I thought Tom Brady’s play — I couldn’t help but laugh — that was an awesome play he made [to Brandon Tate]. I just figured I’d throw that out there. It looked pretty nifty there, but that was a heck of a play.
Q: Are you going to get a [concussion] test?
A: Probably, I don’t know. But I think I am fine. Nobody knows their body like me, and there are plenty of times I should have been knocked out, but I wasn’t, so I think I will be alright and ready to play next week.