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Favre: “…The Money Was Too Good”

In 2009, despite the disgust from many fans and at least one hack blogger, Brett Favre joined the Minnesota Vikings and provided some of the most memorable moments in franchise history.  Months after that faithful game in New Orleans, Favre appeared set to retire for good.

So, what changed his mind?

“First of all, the money was too good,” Favre recently said on NFL Network. “The money was too good, and I hate to say it’s about money. But, you know, I felt the money was a lot.”

It is hard to remember all of the twists and turns of the circus that was the 2010 season, but I remember clearly the day that reports surfaced that Favre texted that Favre was hanging the cleats up for good.  In the middle of training camp, with Tarvaris Jackson taking reps as the starter, the Vikings brass pulled together on the field and found a way to raise Favre’s salary.  A trip in Zygi Wilf’s private jet was taken by Jared Allen, Steve Hutchinson, and Ryan Longwell in an attempt to bring Favre back into the fold.

The whole thing was a mess and it should have been a sign of things to come.  The 2010 season turned out to be one of the worst (and weirdest) in franchise history, and Favre claims he knew the magic from 2009 wouldn’t be regained.

“Now, that’s not to say I didn’t give my all,” Favre said. “It just wasn’t to be, and I think I knew that. I really know it now.”

I’m not one to pull punches when it comes to ragging on Favre, but I can hardly blame him for playing another NFL season for over $16 million.  Being on a losing team may not be much fun, but most people would do much less enjoyable jobs for that kind of money.

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Adam Warwas

Adam Warwas (Founder) has been writing about the Vikings for a total of eight years. Five of those years have been here at Vikings Territory where he continues to surround himself with enough talented individuals that people keep coming back. As proud as he is of what Vikings Territory has become, his real treasures are in his home... a beautiful wife and three amazing children (and a dog named Percy).

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  1. Hell, who wouldn’t come back for that kind of coin? Fans would love to think that these clowns would play the game for free and they play for the love of the game. It’s a job. We love to think that old banjo Brent “gun slinger” came back to help Minnesota win a superbowl or redeem the prior year failure, or perhaps because the three stooges came to visit him at his home in Frog Hollow Mississippi. It’s for the money. This southern fried idiot cares only about himself, his wallet and taking pictures of his tallywhacker for Jen what ever her name is.

  2. Well aren’t you a ray of sunshine this fine Friday. Got a marble up your nose, Freds?

    I’m gonna give a little credit here and state that anyone who comes back for another go round after the pummeling he took in that champiionship game had at least some game left in him. After all, he knew the 4×4 otherwise known as Bryant McKinnie was gonna be watchin’ his blind side for another 16 games, and that’s not something to take lightly. Yes, the money was certainly reason #1, but loosen the screws just a bit, Freds.