Packers: Favre Watch

Senior writer jclombardi highlights the legendary QB Favre watch.

Favre remains the man of the moment: If that guy in the Dos Equis ads is the most interesting man in the world, then Brett Favre surely is the most interesting man in the NFL. Whether you love him, hate him or, like many Green Bay Packers fans, are experiencing both emotions simultaneously, you can’t take your eyes off him. And thanks to ESPN’s obsession with the 41-year-old quarterback, you never have to. Packers’ fans are used to it, of course, because their eyes were riveted to Favre for 16 seasons. But after losing a power struggle with management and leaving Green Bay in 2008, Favre somehow managed to raise his already off-the-charts profile. It began when his annual will-he-or-won’t-he retirement debate went national, continued with his Fountain of Youth season for the Minnesota Vikings in 2009 and blew up this fall with his diminished performance and the sexting scandal that has made him the subject of an NFL investigation. Favre clearly is damaging his legacy with what’s happening on and off the field this year, but it doesn’t seem to matter. He remains the NFL’s top draw.

Not friends, not enemies: For a time, it was the worst kept secret in town. During their three seasons together with the Green Bay Packers, Brett Favre did little to mentor Aaron Rodgers, and while the two forged a solid working relationship, neither quarterback considered the other a good friend. If it wasn’t before, that was obvious on Wednesday, more than two years since the Packers and Favre’s acrimonious August 2008 split and Rodgers ascension to the starting job. Asked during a conference call with Twin Cities reporters if he has a relationship with Favre since Favre was traded to the New York Jets, Rodgers said no. “I just saw him on the field after we played him last year,” Rodgers replied. Later, Rodgers was asked if he’d like to reconnect with Favre. His answer – or non-answer – was telling. “I enjoyed the three years that we spent together,” Rodgers said. “Now he’s out there and I’m out here.” Packers coach Mike McCarthy was asked about his relationship with Favre – and vice versa – and it was evident that the 2008 split left neither man interested in staying connected with the other, either. “I haven’t spoken to Brett in quite some time, but I had a very positive relationship in our time here,” McCarthy said. “I have a lot of respect for what he’s done and what he’s doing. I wish him the best.”

Deanna Favre relying on faith: With her husband, ex-Green Bay Packers and current Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, under investigation by NFL security for allegedly sending suggestive messages and lewd photos to a woman who worked for the New York Jets, Deanna Favre appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday to promote a book she co-authored called “The Cure for the Chronic Life,” which is about getting past hard times and patterns of unhealthy behavior.  To start the interview, Roberts, a GMA co-host, fellow Mississippi native and friend of the Favres, brought up the allegations that Brett Favre sent inappropriate pictures to former Jets employee Jennifer Sterger – allegations that he has yet to publicly deny. After saying that Deanna Favre had agreed to address the “current allegations” against her husband, Roberts asked, “Deanna, what can you share with us this morning about that?” Deanna Favre replied, “I can tell you that obviously I’m a woman of faith, and faith has gotten me through many difficult struggles, it will get me through this one.”

Favre one of many subplots: Last year, Brett Favre’s return to Green Bay was the story line for the Minnesota Vikings’ annual trek east to face the Green Bay Packers.This year, Favre’s return is just a juicy subplot in one of the NFL’s most bitter and competitive rivalries. For Favre, there’s the controversy involving alleged lewd text messages to former employees with the New York Jets. There’s a surgically repaired ankle and, now, an elbow that have needed injections. There’s also subpar play from the 41-year-old Favre, who has six touchdowns against seven interceptions after a scintillating 2009 campaign of 33 touchdowns against seven interceptions. The usually verbose Favre had no interest in detailing Tuesday’s conversation with the league involving the so-called sexting scandal. Nor did he have any interest in saying if he was “embarrassed” that the allegations have scarred a reputation that had been marred only by his annual play-or-not-to-play charade. “Again, that’s a league issue,” Favre told reporters in Green Bay during a conference call on Wednesday. “As I’ve said, my focus is on the next opponent. Obviously, that’s Green Bay. As I said the other night, I’m reluctant to say that I’m excited about coming back. I know how it feels to play there. It’s a huge challenge. We need a victory. This is a race to the finish. We need it.” That “need for victory” is the big story line this week. The Packers and Vikings, two of the best teams in the league last year and among the top contenders in the NFC entering this season, are off to disappointing starts. With the Packers at 3-3 and the Vikings at 2-3 and both trailing the Bears (4-2) in the NFC North, what’s at stake is obvious.

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