Vikings quarterback Brett Favre knows he was the subject of constant media attention this offseason as everyone speculated about whether or not he’d retire. (Again.) But Favre believes that says more about the state of the media than it does about him.
“It’s a media frenzy world,” Favre said in an interview today with Adam Schein, Rich Gannon and John Madden on Sirius NFL Radio. “Nothing goes untouched or un-talked about. I quietly — I thought quietly — tried to make my decision. I had surgery about a month before camp and the media started camping out at the gate. I never asked them to come. I never asked them to talk about it.”
Favre also discussed watching tape of the Vikings’ loss to the Saints in the NFC Championship Game, saying he thinks his team blew a golden opportunity to get to the Super Bowl.
“The obvious thing that jumps out at you is, boy, we had every chance to win that football game,” Favre said of watching the Saints game again.
Although Favre talked mostly about Thursday night’s regular-season opener against the Saints, he sounded like he still has some regrets about that January loss in New Orleans.
“Super Bowls don’t come around too often for a player or a team,” Favre said. “Nor do championship games.”
Favre also touched on his surgically repaired ankle, saying, “I still feel it every day.” And he downplayed talk that there’s a rift in his relationship with Vikings coach Brad Childress.
“I think it’s fine,” Favre said of the coach-quarterback relationship. “And I think he would say the same thing. . . . This is Brad Childress’s team.”