During a Tuesday press conference, which started roughly 45 minutes late, the Vikings introduced quarterback Brett Favre.
And Favre, wearing a faded red/pink hat that looked to be as old as the grizzled quarterback himself, said that everything came to a head on Monday, when coach Brad Childress — whom Favre calls “Chilly” — reached Favre by phone.
“When Brad called yesterday, it was kind of like, ‘This is it. Now or never.’”
Coincidentally, ESPN was going berserk on Monday over the prediction from Jay Glazer of FOX that Farve and the Vikings would soon renew communications. That same day, “Chilly” took a chance — and it paid off.
Favre said he hadn’t spoken to Childress in three weeks. Three weeks ago today, Favre called Childress to say that the 18-year veteran would remain retired.
As expected, Favre attributed the decision to play to a concern that he would second-guess his prior decision not to play.
“I didn’t want to say, ‘What if?’” Favre said.
He also explained that his 10-year-old daughter was crying after Favre decided to remain retired, and that she told him that she wanted him to win another Super Bowl.
It probably wasn’t exactly like the moment when Adrian said, “Win . . . win!”
But it was enough to get Favre to
shave, clean himself up, and go to Minnesota.