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Veteran quarterback makes pitch to replace Brett Favre

So if — and it’s a really big “if” at this point — Brett Favre conducts his Third Annual Retirement and doesn’t chase it with his Third Annual Unretirement, at least one veteran quarterback has thrown his hat into the ring.

Jeff George.

Appearing with Paul Allen of KFAN, George said he’d be willing to jump in and take over, if Favre decides to get out.

(So is it April 1?)

George, the 42-year-old first overall pick in the 1990 draft, last played in 2004.  He led the Vikings to the playoffs in his only season with the team, way back in 1999.

In 2007, George tried to get the Vikings’ attention, and coach Brad Childress advised him to “maybe go to a fantasy camp or something like that.”  Last year, George created a small buzz with a workout tape that indicated he still has a lot of pop in his arm.  He had hoped to return to the NFL.  As we understand it, he resisted possible opportunities to play in the UFL.

The chances of George getting a chance in Minnesota falls somewhere between “no way in hell” and “are you f–king kidding me?”  But maybe George, if he’s willing to give the UFL a shot, could still show that he can get it done, even at 42.

After all, in little more than two months Favre will be 41.

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  1. numberfour says: Aug 4, 2010 10:39 AM

    Hell if Chilly thinks he is in charge of anything (except getting his team nailed for a 12 man in the huddle penalty), he is in fantasy land.

  2. Andrew Letier says: Aug 4, 2010 10:43 AM

    Mike just to let you Know I will not read anything about Favre ever again the man is a child and spoiled.

  3. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Aug 4, 2010 10:44 AM

    Did the Tin Man find a heart?

  4. booska says: Aug 4, 2010 10:51 AM

    So have the considered signing anybody under 40?

  5. Supersuckers says: Aug 4, 2010 10:52 AM

    LMAO. This is a CIRCUS!! Never have a seen a franchise destroy itself like this!

  6. Who is Mike Jones says: Aug 4, 2010 10:53 AM

    Jeff George? Are we really discussing Jeff George? Isn’t he 52 years old???

  7. Florio-is-a-tool says: Aug 4, 2010 10:55 AM

    George accomplished so much with the ‘Skins why not? And yeah, he’s been gun-slinging on the side too but not in an actual game since they allowed face-masks.
    I know Len Pasquarelli wants to play Peter King for a while and he’s earned the brown stain on his nose and can’t share it with anybody.

  8. Citizen Strange says: Aug 4, 2010 10:56 AM

    He had lots of other faults and has now been reduced to a punchline but Jeff George had one of the best arms that I have ever seen. Right up there with Bradshaw.

  9. Jack Burton says: Aug 4, 2010 10:57 AM

    I’m so sick of hearing about Jeff George, the guy was a joke back in the 90’s.

  10. Emoney says: Aug 4, 2010 10:58 AM

    The vikings would be extremely desperate if they picked up George.

  11. CanadianVikingFan says: Aug 4, 2010 10:59 AM

    Nooooooooooooooooo! Nooooooooooooooooo! This isn’t Detroit man, Noooooooooooooo!

  12. BC says: Aug 4, 2010 10:59 AM

    Who’s next, Sonny Jurgensen? I hear Norris Weese is available as well… Whoops, scratch that, Weese has been dead for 15 years.

  13. football24-7 says: Aug 4, 2010 10:59 AM

    hey if he can play? put him in, give him a shot. age should not be an issue if he can play?? ———— GO –GRANDPA!!

  14. Bordner says: Aug 4, 2010 11:03 AM

    Andrew Letier says:
    August 4, 2010 10:43 AM
    Mike just to let you Know I will not read anything about Favre ever again the man is a child and spoiled.
    ————————————————
    Way to take a stand Andrew! That will stop this whole All-Brett-All-the-Time BS!
    You da man!

  15. CsanBoySmith says: Aug 4, 2010 11:06 AM

    Someone said this yesterday but it’s a really simple solution to take back control of your team:
    Tell Favre you are moving on with or without him. This, and only this, will take the power away from Brett. Yes, it’s a risk, but at least you will get him to act one way or the other instead of this constant waffling…

  16. TheToolofTools says: Aug 4, 2010 11:11 AM

    George had his shot several times over and blew every one.
    He never was mobile and they would be stuffing him in a body bag on the first series.

  17. Big Tex says: Aug 4, 2010 11:11 AM

    You want to bet that he can’t still throw a football over them mountains?

  18. Tinbender says: Aug 4, 2010 11:12 AM

    I hear JaMarcus is available. HaHaHaHaHaHa

  19. Vikings_rule says: Aug 4, 2010 11:13 AM

    In two games last year, the Vikes whipped ARod to the ground 14 times, and Brett was not sacked once.
    Oh yeah, the Vikes swept the Pack as well, 2-0. Yeah!

  20. Adam-Chris Schefterson says: Aug 4, 2010 11:13 AM

    He’d probably do better than Joe Webb.

  21. Majik Bullet says: Aug 4, 2010 11:15 AM

    Supersuckers says: August 4, 2010 10:52 AM
    LMAO. This is a CIRCUS!! Never have a seen a franchise destroy itself like this!
    ____________
    So you’re saying you don’t watch the Packers anymore? Have you seen what Ted Thompson has done to this once successful franchise?

  22. JoeSixPack says: Aug 4, 2010 11:16 AM

    I LOVE this idea!
    Heck – bring him into camp! What do they have to lose – what they have to gain is the entertainment value of mocking the great Brett Favre!
    And how poetic would it be if Jeff George DID indeed have some zip on his arm (that’s just one year older than Favre’s but with less wear and tear)?
    They need an extra QB in camp. Bring him in.
    Though it is fun watching Brett make Childress twist in the wind.

  23. LordFavre says: Aug 4, 2010 11:16 AM

    Jeff George should go to Green Bay to backup the NEW “Jeff George” of the NFL…..
    AARON RODGERS..!!!!

  24. MuskyHunter2542 says: Aug 4, 2010 11:20 AM

    Christ!!!!

  25. Philly Cheese says: Aug 4, 2010 11:21 AM

    This franchise has a serious aversion to success.

  26. vesselsk says: Aug 4, 2010 11:26 AM

    This story isn’t about Daunte Culpepper??? Nevermind then…

  27. virtueandvice says: Aug 4, 2010 11:26 AM

    Thanks for this post. I so needed the laugh today!

  28. Wrathchild says: Aug 4, 2010 11:27 AM

    LMAO!!!! Did you just say “Jeff George?” Oh, no you didn’t.
    Queen Favre is playing this year anyway.

  29. jcurran77 says: Aug 4, 2010 11:27 AM

    Doesnt Jeff George throw like Boy George?

  30. Ralph says: Aug 4, 2010 11:27 AM

    I don’t remember which game it was, but I recall seeing Steve Young talking about the Vikings and their impressive array of weapons. His comment was somewhere along the line of…
    If Butt Farte doesn’t want this job, I’m thinking of coming back. This is too good to pass up.
    Hey Steve, ChiliDog on line three.

  31. nagurski_T_form says: Aug 4, 2010 11:31 AM

    I knew it was going to be Jeff George.

  32. Cushing Will Kill You says: Aug 4, 2010 11:33 AM

    What about Warren Moon? Or Steve Deberg? I heard Steve Debert still works out occasionally.

  33. Mrsteve says: Aug 4, 2010 11:35 AM

    In the playoffs against the Rams in 99 he fumbled then just stood there and looked at the ball instead of diving on it. It took about 4 seconds for the the closest Ram player to get it. Sealed his fate as a quitter.
    Too bad because he played well that year.

  34. ChiVike says: Aug 4, 2010 11:36 AM

    How does this make the Vikes franchise a joke at all? Chilly made it clear in 2007 that George wasn’t even a consideration. Until he shows up at camp, this story reflects on Jeff George alone.

  35. Duan says: Aug 4, 2010 11:42 AM

    I know his ego says NFL, but if George was really serious to show off his arm, he would do the UFL at least for one season.
    Their games are televised and the uniforms are actually different this year!
    I would give him credit if he did attempt the UFL for a season!

  36. robert ethen says: Aug 4, 2010 11:42 AM

    Jeff could work in a mentoring role to Favre.

  37. alphamail says: Aug 4, 2010 11:42 AM

    “In two games last year, the Vikes whipped ARod to the ground 14 times, and Brett was not sacked once.
    “Oh yeah, the Vikes swept the Pack as well, 2-0. Yeah!”
    Yawn. So you beat a mediocre NFC playoff team. Great job.
    You still couldn’t play with the big boys.

  38. seals says: Aug 4, 2010 11:46 AM

    I also put my hat in the ring to take over Rick Speilman’s job coming off an impressive fantasy football championship last year. Don’t let them tell us we can’t do it Jeff. You have to believe.

  39. numberfour says: Aug 4, 2010 11:47 AM

    Kilmer and Staubach are available.

  40. RyanT. says: Aug 4, 2010 11:51 AM

    Farve is going to play. I’ve no doubt about it.
    But just know this: he is making a terrible decision to return.
    Old Man River is going to get seriously injured this year. His ankle is fragile and it will be a prime target.
    Plus, the odds of him replicating his stats from last season are a million to one! Not gonna happen. He’ll be decent–when he is not on injured reserve. But, he won’t be spectacular like he was last year.
    Farve would be smart to retire after having his best statistical season ever, and while he can still walk without a cane.

  41. irishgary says: Aug 4, 2010 11:51 AM

    Contra says “Championship”

  42. fatediesel says: Aug 4, 2010 11:52 AM

    Has Jason Whitlock written his annual “Give Jeff George a job, he’s matured and is better than 90% of the quarterbacks out there” column?

  43. Bwa Ha Ha says: Aug 4, 2010 11:53 AM

    I’d love to see George get a chance, make it good and Bart Farvoree have to watch it all happen.
    That would be some kind of karma!

  44. tricky says: Aug 4, 2010 11:57 AM

    Didn’t Joe Montana mention something about a comeback in his sketchers commercials? hmmmm?

  45. flop 4 strahan says: Aug 4, 2010 12:01 PM

    In two games last year, the Vikes whipped ARod to the ground 14 times, and Brett was not sacked once.
    Oh yeah, the Vikes swept the Pack as well, 2-0. Yeah!
    ———————————————
    As a Pack fan – This pathetic drivel about winning 2 truly meaningless games never fails to bring a smile to my face :)
    Come on Queenies – raise your sights a little higher. If you would all be man enough to just admit that you brought in BF to win the Super Bowl, and he took a colossal sh*t on your chest we might actually feel sorry for you as he jerks yu around.
    If you beat the Packers & beat your skinny chests and run around like little schoolgirls tearing down the goalposts like you were a for-cr*p MAC team who jut beat Ohio State it make you just look, well, pathetic – you ca see that can’t you.
    …Oh, and don’t be so sure this isn’t about BF wanting to get out of his contract so he can go play for another team…

  46. bvan says: Aug 4, 2010 12:04 PM

    Joe Kapp!

  47. robert ethen says: Aug 4, 2010 12:05 PM

    They’ll end up with a two headed monster at QB named Brett George.

  48. FLBoyInDallas says: Aug 4, 2010 12:07 PM

    Next they’ll sign Dan Marino and Steve Young for depth.

  49. Green n' Gold says: Aug 4, 2010 12:10 PM

    Jeff George? Isn’t he the starting QB for the Bears this year!!
    BAWAHAHAHAHA!!!! LMFAO!!!

  50. texasPHINSfan says: Aug 4, 2010 12:10 PM

    I love this Jeff George.
    “He has heart” /GeneHackman

  51. Supersuckers says: Aug 4, 2010 12:12 PM

    Majik Bullet says:
    August 4, 2010 11:15 AM
    Supersuckers says: August 4, 2010 10:52 AM
    LMAO. This is a CIRCUS!! Never have a seen a franchise destroy itself like this!
    ____________
    So you’re saying you don’t watch the Packers anymore? Have you seen what Ted Thompson has done to this once successful franchise?
    ————-
    Indeed I have. He rid them of the Cancer named Brett Favre and has built them into one of the Super Bowl favorites this year by many NFL pundits. People more qualified than anyone on here to forecast. Now they could be wrong but it is more then coincidence that numerous publications have them predicted to be very good.

  52. the_truth says: Aug 4, 2010 12:12 PM

    # Andrew Letier says: August 4, 2010 10:43 AM
    “Mike just to let you Know I will not read anything about Favre ever again the man is a child and spoiled.”
    Yes you will, I know it, you know it and Lord Favre knows it.

  53. ThePlainTruth says: Aug 4, 2010 12:12 PM

    Johnny Unitas is available as well……

  54. bigbolt says: Aug 4, 2010 12:18 PM

    Cocaine is a helluva drug…

  55. Cushing Will Kill You says: Aug 4, 2010 12:33 PM

    @ robert ethen: LOL…

  56. detnflfan says: Aug 4, 2010 12:35 PM

    Jeff George? Seriously?

  57. ansantan says: Aug 4, 2010 12:39 PM

    Does anyone, anyone at all have even the slightest hard evidence (as in facts and not hilarious hearsay) that Brett actually said he is retiring? Did he call a press conference? Did he call Chilly personally? Did someone actually see a piece of paper or an email saying he is retiring? Did Brett or his agent call and ask for more money?
    I thought so…
    Florio (as a pseudo attorney) should know the difference between fact and hearsay, innuendo and speculation–obviously he likes the last three better than the first one.
    Brett probably texed some of his teammates that he’s not sure he’ll be back, his ankle is not healing fast enough, etc. Other than that and that’s all we have right now; he’s said absolutely nothing else. He is not having a press conference and he’s doing what he’s been doing all summer–trying to heal, practice and assess if he’s going to be able to play another year. He’s always said that if he can’t give 100% he’s not going to play and I believe he truly means that.
    Florio is the media-whore, racking up hits by putting one Favre story after another out.
    Why don’t we all just chill and wait this one out–if he plays, great; if he doesn’t, I wish him well and life goes on…at least for some of us…

  58. ham1 says: Aug 4, 2010 12:45 PM

    Good Stuff.
    Glory Days dont let em pass you by….only thing is he was a chickeshit withy a live arm, now an old chickenshit with who knows what. How can this be a good thing? Xcept 4 entertainment value to add to fat al and farvorella drama.

  59. JimmyY says: Aug 4, 2010 1:14 PM

    Speaking of George, where’s Jason Fatlock? He’s been pimping for George for years and now he’s disappeared himself.

  60. edgy says: Aug 4, 2010 1:51 PM

    George’s problem isn’t his arm but the fact that he loves his stats so much that he would rather take a sack than throw the ball away.

  61. Majik Bullet says: Aug 4, 2010 2:02 PM

    Yes, Super, many people pick the Pack to win it, just like many of those same guys had the Steelers winning it all last year. Your point?

  62. Supersuckers says: Aug 4, 2010 2:14 PM

    The point is majik you are making the Packers out to be a travesty and yet so many professionals say the opposite.

  63. numberfour says: Aug 4, 2010 2:24 PM

    unitas is available but sadly, terry bradshaw is not.
    elway!
    warner is dancing now – he can better elude the rush!
    where is geroge plimpton when ya need him?

  64. kickinitoleschool says: Aug 4, 2010 2:27 PM

    why not just have 3 mannings in the league and bring back archie while you at it…that would be a classic game of father v.s. son…oh wait I heard John Elway was tired of doing Coors commercials so he said he would play for them also…lmmfao

  65. Majik Bullet says: Aug 4, 2010 2:28 PM

    17-15 with no playoff wins is a travesty for a team who finished 13-3 and in the NFC Championship.
    2 losing seasons in a 4 year span for a team who hadn’t had a losing season in 15 years is a travesty, as well.
    Giving up 51 points in a playoff game, and not doing a single thing to address the defense in the offseason is a travesty.

  66. Nard100 says: Aug 4, 2010 2:29 PM

    Gary Hogeboom just called and said, “Me too! Don’t forget about me!”

  67. qblax16 says: Aug 4, 2010 2:48 PM

    I’M KENNY POWERS!!!

  68. Supersuckers says: Aug 4, 2010 3:05 PM

    Mel Gibson aka Majik,
    Let me guess. Yer a…..one of dem glass is half empty type guys arent ya?

  69. Majik Bullet says: Aug 4, 2010 3:23 PM

    Super
    Shocking to see a subject change when made to look like a fool, yet again. Time to fade away now….. fade away…

  70. LordFavre says: Aug 4, 2010 3:27 PM

    Jeff George should play for the Pack this year…
    They like their QB’s who throw a pretty ball, rack up alot of STATS, and don’t win for shit when it’s on the line….
    Oh yeah, they already have a QB like that…his name is Aaron Rodgers!!!

  71. Supersuckers says: Aug 4, 2010 3:43 PM

    Majik I didnt change the subject. I just am not going to have the same argument with you. I feel the packers are still building and you feel they are going backwards. Difference of opinion. That is all..

  72. steelers rule says: Aug 4, 2010 3:56 PM

    Rumor has it another qb has thrown hat to lead Vikes… FRAN TARKENTON!

  73. Majik Bullet says: Aug 4, 2010 4:19 PM

    I wouldn’t want to have the same argument either, not if I came off as clueless and dumb as you always end up.
    I know you feel the Pack is “building,” but there comes a time when you need to stop building and start contending, most people would say a 13-3 season with an NFCC game appearance would be that point. But not Ted, that’s not part of his 37 year plan to building a championship team.

  74. numberfour says: Aug 4, 2010 5:57 PM

    how does that compare to the vikes 50 year plan?

  75. DirtDawg55 says: Aug 4, 2010 6:04 PM

    Well, Jeff George can throw an interception as well as Favre can, so why not make him starting QB of the Vikings?

  76. PERCY 420 says: Aug 4, 2010 10:00 PM

    Jeff George? Isn’t he the starting QB for the Bears this year!! – BEST POST EVER

  77. Ridge_Runner says: Aug 5, 2010 8:20 AM

    LordFavre says:
    They like their QB’s who throw a pretty ball, rack up alot of STATS, and don’t win for shit when it’s on the line….
    Correct me if I am wrong, but did you not describe Princess Favre’s performance last season? Consistancy is only a virtue when you’re not a screwup (or in Favre’s case, throwing interceptions).

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