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Brandon Benson

Brandon Benson is the lead blogger at Acme Packing Company.

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As a life long fan of Brett Favre (pre-Vikings edition), I can say, with more certainty than Favre himself could ever muster, that I have no idea what he wants this time. All I can do is look back at what he's wanted from his past retirements.

He retired because his body needed a rest. Playing quarterback at age 40 in the NFL is an amazing feat. Just to be good enough to be on an NFL roster at his age would be amazing, let alone to play like an MVP. I'm sure a lot of former NFL players would love to be feeling as worn down as Favre's feeling, but he's not used to this. Back in 2007, he reluctantly had surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankle. It was something he had put off for years. Whether it was the horrible auto accident he suffered in college, or a reminder of the addiction to prescription pain killers he developed after surgery in the mid-1990s, he's consented to it reluctantly. He retired after the 2008 season because he needed shoulder surgery to continue playing, which he eventually did have. Now he's been cut open in each of the last two offseasons, but it's been reported that his ankle "has not responded" to rehab this time. He's never been in a spot where he can't play in a regular season game. Does he want his body to heal in time for the 2010 season?

He came back after someone challenged him. When he considered returning to the Packers in the summer of 2008, it was reported that Mike McCarthy told him that he would have to compete against Aaron Rodgers for his old job. That got him mad, made him determined to come back, and made him want to play for any team that was playing against the Packers in 2008. When he (finally) decided to come back in 2009, after a long flirtation with the Vikings, he did so because he didn't want to let his daughter down. Does he want someone to put him on the spot and tell him to keep playing?

This special treatment can cause a problem in the locker room, and it was something the Packers were quite aware of when they chose to move forward with the young quarterback who worked hard all offseason instead of the veteran who steered clear of his teammates. But the Vikings seem to be an exception to this rule because they knew exactly what they were getting into from day one. They knew he'd waffle and ignore them for several months. They knew their head coach would travel to Mississippi to see him on his terms, and would gladly give him a ride from the airport. On any other team, I'd expect this would become a problem, but apparently everyone with the Vikings has realized what it takes to keep him happy and they appear willing to go along for the ride.

By Brandon Benson  |  August 5, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  | Category:  Brett Favre , Minnesota Vikings Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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