In a recent interview with Jon Saraceno of USA Today, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre seems to confirm what many league observers have assumed for the past several years.
He wants to reprise John Elway’s walk into the sunset, Lombardi Trophy tucked under his arm.
Asked whether Favre would finally call it quits if the Vikings win the Super Bowl, he said, “Yeah. I’d be pretty comfortable saying, ‘Hey, there ain’t nothin’ left.’”
The interview includes some interesting memories from Favre regarding his late father, Irv.
When Brett would have a bad game, Irv would say, “You couldn’t hit a bull in the ass with a bass fiddle today.”
Favre also told Saraceno that his two-month in-patient treatment for painkiller addiction in 1996 occurred at the insistence of the league office. Favre claims that he threatened to leave the Kansas facility on multiple occasions, but that league officials told him, “Fine, you won’t play.”
Favre stayed, and so he played. And he’s still going. Whether he calls it quits if the Vikings win their first Super Bowl in franchise history (they’re 0-4) remains to be seen. Favre’s current thinking can’t be trusted by anyone, Favre himself included.
After all, Elway’s happy ending came after winning two Super Bowls in a row.