Favre apologizes to teammates, vows to play "lights out tonight"

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre has yet to say much about the controversy that currently is making his 20th NFL season one to forget.  But he has apologized to his teammates for the distraction, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

Per Mort, Favre also said that he plans to play “lights out tonight.”

History says that he could.  Peter King of SI.com points out in his Monday Morning Quarterback column that Favre has indeed played “lights out” when facing extreme personal situations.

Nearly seven years ago, Favre had the game of his life the day after his father suddenly died.  Last year, Favre was constantly booed at Lambeau Field but nevertheless picked apart the Packers.

On that note, I’m packing up the PFT portable Commodore 64 and hitchhiking out to East Rutherford for tonight’s game.  If you have Comcast SportsNet New England, look for me at about 6:30 p.m. ET in a segment with Michael Holley.  If you get the Vikings Radio Network, listen for me with Paul Allen and Pete Bercich in the third quarter.

78 responses to “Favre apologizes to teammates, vows to play "lights out tonight"

  1. People forget, that Raiders team in ’03 was terrible and had nothing to play for at that point.
    Beating the Packers in Lambeau last year was more impressive, but still, the Vikings had the better team. Nevertheless, credit to Favre for not getting carried away and making stupid mistakes, as he is wont to do.

  2. If he means throwing interceptions and getting up off the ground I would expect him to play “lights out” too.

  3. Or, like the year Favre won the Super Bowl after his infamous “Super Bowl or bust” claim, the year in which everybody was trying to make a big deal out of the painkiller crap and basically wrote him off?
    Moral – don’t bet against him unless you can cover yer ass!
    Oh, those poor J E T S !!!

  4. Great game on tap tonight! Could you ask for anything more?? Well, I could and I ask that the Vikings smack the JETS in the mouth… Favre to Moss will be legit. Nobody should doubt that for one second…

  5. Favre stat line tonight: 16-31 181 yard 1 TD i Int
    Peterson: 23 carries 101 yards 4 catches 37 yards 1 TD
    Vikings 23 Jets 14
    Not lights out, but a win….and no I am not a Viking fan…

  6. Enough of the Regions Bank advertising.. Makes me NOT want to go with them..
    Anyway, after see “The Favre”, I say it is no big deal..

  7. Wait a minute, why is Favre apologizing? He’s done nothing wrong if you believe all the CryQueen fans’ comments over the last 48 hours.
    I hope Favre does play lights out tonight. That will give the Vikings a taste of what could have been during his 4 game suspension.
    No worries, T Jack Off is waiting in the wings with his patented jump pass. Childress is a football genius, don’t believe me, just ask him. There is nothing to worry about in Viking land unless you consider the move to LA as worrisome.

  8. Brett needs to prove that he isn’t truly an old man playing QB at this point, 2 TD 6 INT, we’ll see how he does against a solid defense. I’m excited, I think the Jets should win this one but it’ll be a hard fought game either way. Neither team is coming to the game to lose tonight. Jets have revis, ellis and pace coming back on defense and a super bowl MVP joining the offense tonight… it’ll be fun to watch.

  9. Or, like the year Favre won the Super Bowl after his infamous “Super Bowl or bust” claim, the year in which everybody was trying to make a big deal out of the painkiller crap and basically wrote him off?
    ———————————-
    That was like 20 years ago!!! Can we please stay with examples that are from this decade?

  10. People also that in that game after his dad died, he had tight ends, and recievers bail him out with some amazing catches. like the one Wesley Walls had in the end zone. That was a porly thrown ball. Same with the TD to Walker as well.

  11. Nothing against the Jets, but I hope it’s a good night for Favre. He may be an sleazy jackass, but football players are just as entitled to be sleazy jackasses in their free time as any other man.
    If he was making unwanted advances toward female coworkers, it may be a case of sexual harassment. The key is unwanted. It would be hard to argue that communication was unwanted if the women gave him their phone numbers. And since they never filed complaints or offered credible reasons to explain why, there’s a question about whether they were victimized at all.
    If the NFL wants to champion female harassment and assault victims, there are plenty of real ones available. They don’t have to keep martyring nonvictims.

  12. Playing well during an extreme personal situation goes to a “whole new level” when it’s an angry wife!
    I expect an awful game from #4.

  13. Viking fans have to be excited about tonight. Favre feels good and Moss has caught some awesome Favre passes in practice.Jets d may be good but they have not faced an offense with Favre,Moss,Harvin,Shank and of course…AD.
    Jets allow 233 passing yards a game and I see Vikings getting all of that and more. If Jets worry about Moss and AD too much, could be a huge game for Harvin,not to mention Shank.
    Vikings allow 12.7 ppg vs Jets 15.3…….a battle of good defenses. Throw in the plethora of story lines in this game( Favre comes back to NY, Favre faces allegations of his NY stay,Moss joins Vikings, moss vs. Revis, AD vs. Jets run D, Sanchez’s balls dropping before our eyes(8 tds,0 int)……. should make for great entertainment….

  14. I’m trying to get the fans going to the game to start chants of “LIT-TLE WIE-NER,” as per one of the commenters on a previous story. I hope I’m successful, hearing that on MNF would be beyond funny.

  15. Lights out? Hmm…not seeing it. Favre’s numbers are basement level so far this season. He spooks and makes bad decisions (INTs) in the clutch. Randy Moss will be a positive thing for the Vikings, but not enough to go against the Jets. Hate on the NYJ team all you want, but they are playing great ball. Sanchez has yet to throw an INT this season!

  16. “People also that in that game after his dad died, he had tight ends, and recievers bail him out with some amazing catches. like the one Wesley Walls had in the end zone. That was a porly thrown ball. Same with the TD to Walker as well. ”
    Um.. the Walls pass was a beautiful rainbow in the back of the endzone. Perfectly placed. The Walker TD’s I agree with.

  17. If those pictures are what happens when the lights are on, I can’t imagine what happens when Favre turns the “lights out”.

  18. Lights Out??? Why not? Based on his record setting interceptions, he’s been throwing passes like the lights were turned out for years.
    That being said, I think you guys are making too much of these photos. It wasn’t sexual harassment; he was just applying some home-brewed stick um prior to a big game. Give the dude a break; you don’t want him to fumble do you?

  19. Florio, since you are probably the maternal twin of John Henson could you just end all your segments with “Good Night and Big Balls”? That cock-eyed smirk must make your daddies proud
    Pimping your waterheaded version of Jim Carey look for global TV is like spreading herpes with a smile and a submissive bow. You are much more suited for your previous internet gig prior to the PFTV crap you tried to force on us readers.

  20. Deb,
    I rarely comment on PFT but whenever I see your comments I agree. Just thought you should know.
    Also,
    I went to deadspin and read the story, and watched the video. It’s a story, who cares, we read about it, comment about it and go about our lives. It changes nothing. If anybody wants some free entertainment go to deadspin and read the story about the girl from duke who created the “f-list thesis”. Thats some crazy stuff.

  21. Moss will make Revis’ hammy “flare up” again.
    Vikes – 24
    Self-Anointed Super Bowl Champs – 13

  22. Deb,
    I have a friend who is a massage therapist and works on many well known pro athletes. They have her number and often will text her for post-game therapy.
    If they started making advances and sending pics of their manhood, she’d drop them as a client but she wouldn’t file a harassment suit.
    Does that make her a nonvictim?
    The NFL isn’t championing female harassment and assault victims (they know that is NBA territory). What the NFL is doing is investigating violation of the NFL PCP.

  23. I got a bad feeling when i read this. Hopefully Favre isnt the 3rd North quarterback to get a concussion

  24. I hate Favre more than the next guy but he couldn’t’ve picked a better piece of a$$ to harass. She’s so fine I’d suck a fart out of her ass like a bong hit and hold it till I choke to death.

  25. Regarding Deb’s post and the posts of countless other Viking fans the past several days, all I can think is wow, Viking fans are delusional. I’m not talking about the quality of their team – every fan has delusions there, but with the Favre Sterger stuff, it has been nuts.
    We have the conspiracy theorists who think the Jets have been sitting on this for two years for the outside chance that they could distract a quarterback that hadn’t even signed with the Vikings – or retired from the Jets. We have the people who think there aren’t ways for one of the biggest names in NFL history to get the phone number of another employee of the team. We have the people who say that it’s not Favre in the pictures (entirely possible), but it’s less likely that it’s not him if it came from the same cell phone that he used to leave voicemails for Sterger and texts for the massage therapists (we’ll see, but this should be the smoking gun). We have the people who think that Deadspin hired somebody to do a Favre impression or that somebody used a voice synthesizer to imitate him because apparently people dislike Favre so much, that they’re willing to go out of their way to fake Brett Favre sexually harrassing women so that he might receive a fine or minor suspension. Who has this kind of time?
    Occam’s Razor, people. Favre is a great quarterback who acts just like 95% of the other jerkoffs in the league.

  26. I hope that Favre does not get suspended——–but if that is the case–the Vikings will be fine–TJ is as good or better than the other starting QBS in their division———yeah,that Rodgers is SURE something.Stupid draft choice by GB—another Cal qb who can’t cut it.
    Later.

  27. jimmysmith sounds more angry than usual, probly cuz of the pckers loss and all of their injuries.

  28. Jimmy Smith go suck a fart out of your moms ass You do live in her basement still so shes not far away. He apologized for the distraction you idiot and nothing more.

  29. I just listened to the voicemails, it is HILARIOUS that people are buying into this and they think that is Favre! I can’t believe this is even a story!!!

  30. Just proves what a great teammate Favre is. He didn’t have to apologize, but he chose to because he cares about his teammates so much.

  31. are you guys on drugs? wake up call tonight for Vi-queens and rest of NFL. JETS are for real.
    Score will be close, 20-14 Jets, but the Jets will completely outplay the Vikes even with 4 HOF’s on the field for Vikes.

  32. What’s the connection between the death of Favre’s Dad and pics of his dick in hands?
    Sure, I guess they’re both “personal issues,” but with all due respect, Favre playing after the death of his father was easy. He had his family, the entire stadium, the entire football watching world and beyond pulling for him. He was set up to play the hero and he played it well.
    This time, he’s a dirty old man who did a deplorable thing. You think he’s getting a lot of family support this time?
    Sure, they’re both personal issues, but, um, so what?

  33. It’s hilarious to see people calling a couple texts “sexual harrassment”. It’s also hilarious to hear people say he has a little dick…..My guess is the people posting about it are the ones with little weinies.

  34. Farve is going for TD pass 500 tonight. Historically Moss & Farve play pretty good on Monday Night. Vikings win easy. He also upgraded his iphone to the unlimited text plan.
    Vikes take down the Jets 28-17

  35. you CANNOT compare those instances with this. after his father died, that was honerable almost heroic. it was amazing and it was for his dad.
    last year @ GB that was a good guy getting revenge proving his worth. this…this is just plain gross. he flat out should be embarrassed.
    feeling embarrassed cant be compared to honoring your father with the game of your life.

  36. You guys want to know how this whole issue will be put to rest tonight? Favre will have a career game, and during the press conference, Deanna will come to the table and tell the world the dick in the pictures is much too small to be her husband, end of story!

  37. bert just keep it within 5 points and i will be ok.
    but the term “lights out” intimates he is going to eff her lights out.
    just play the game, jackass.

  38. Deb, at least you’re consistant. You holds Ben’s water now Farve’s. I hope you have not sons to raise. Cause you’re sending the wrong message.

  39. “Favre vows to play ‘lights out'”
    *******************
    This snippet was both misquoted and taken out of context.
    Favre actually said that he planned to “play with the lights out,” and the comment cwas made while describing the purpose behind his voicemail and text message contacts with Jenn Sterger.

  40. my guess is, the game itself is going to be anti-climatic after all the pre-game/in-game/post-game babbling about the off-the-field stuff. too bad– it should always be about the game.

  41. I checked out deadspins website for all of the Favre drama. It’s clear as a bell that website is 10 times the sellout of PFT’s basement cellar reports to drive people to their website. I give The Onion more credit for their fake news than Deadspin & PFT put together…
    Will this even get posted? I’ve noticed a recent trend of ignored or deleted comments lately.

  42. “I just listened to the voicemails, it is HILARIOUS that people are buying into this and they think that is Favre! I can’t believe this is even a story!!!”
    I think it’s hilarious that people think that it sounds nothing like him. It sounds exactly like him. You know what else is hilarious, Favre doesn’t deny a thing. If someone is lying about you and the lie could potentially ruin your reputation, ruin your marriage, and cost you millions of dollars in your divorce, in fines, and in lost endorsements, do you ignore it because you’re preparing for the Jets or are you furious? Favre’s reaction was like Lou Brown in “Major League” when the Indians’ GM offered him a manager’s job in the big leagues, and he put him on hold because he had a guy on the other line about some dry wall.

  43. 10 minutes to game time…..
    Favre: How you feel Super Freak? Ready for some bombs tonight?
    Moss: Straight up Homie, you doing ok?
    Favre:Augh huh…what if they chant “LIT-TLE WIE-NER?” Heard that the plan….
    Moss: Got yo back Brett. Chilly gonna broadcast Shank’s junk on the new video scoreboards….teach them…
    Favre: Thanks Randy…

  44. Now let’s go get a G__ d_____ snack!
    So I’m not the only one who thought that line was absolutely classic.

  45. All this smack talk towards Favre is BS. Seriously. His weiner isn’t that damn small. He just has really big hands.

  46. “Viking fans have to be excited about tonight. Favre feels good and Moss has caught some awesome Favre passes in practice.Jets d may be good but they have not faced an offense with Favre,Moss,Harvin,Sh ank and of course…AD.
    Jets allow 233 passing yards a game and I see Vikings getting all of that and more. If Jets worry about Moss and AD too much, could be a huge game for Harvin,not to mention Shank.”
    Oh yeah that Vikings offense is so stellar. They managed to put up 43 points in three games this season.

  47. I don’t see Favre going nuts tonight…especially after predicting that he will. It doesn’t usually work that way. The Jets players will be in his ear all night long and he will be overtrying too hard “to show them who’s boss.” He played well a few years ago after his Dad died…against a team that was no good and in a game that meant nothing…and with the hometown crowd cheering him on! And the Packers sucked in the games last year. Who couldn’t pass when standing alone for seven…eight…nine seconds. That wasn’t because Favre played so well…it was because their offensive line played so well. TJ could’ve done the same thing. No, I think Favre is going to get his ass handed to him tonight.

  48. He’s playing to impress Sterger.
    Favre to Sterger in a text message: “I’m gonna impress you tonight on the field, then afterwards as well. I’d love to just chill tonight, I’ll be sitting on my bed waiting for your text.
    Love you.”

  49. You are such a moron Florio even comparing this to his fathers death. The only one that cares about this crap is you and a few packers fans. Enough already.
    And thanks for the warning regarding your endless self-promotion. I will avoid those stations at all costs.

  50. Brett is able to be completely focused on football and beating the Jets tonight because he knows even if he is found guilty of these actions nothing will happen to him. Roger Goodell has already hinted that Favre won’t be suspended. After all he’s Brett Favre, league favorite.

  51. Lol. Favre to play lights out? Comparing it to the Raiders game?
    Yes Favre has not been trying all year. Please enough with the garbage

  52. @ZiggyZaggyOi
    “I hate Favre more than the next guy but he couldn’t’ve picked a better piece of a$$ to harass. She’s so fine I’d suck a fart out of her ass like a bong hit and hold it till I choke to death.”
    That is possibly the funniest thing I’ll ever read on PFT. Well done, good sir.

  53. Gotta hand it to the Jets. They waited 2 years to drop this bomb on Favre. Just before a big Monday Night game. They sure know how to get down in the gutter if it will help them win a game.

  54. @zmcdonald …
    Thanks. That Duke story is wild–saw it on the Today show.
    @skinny pigeon …
    Here’s the problem: Jen Sterger isn’t a massage therapist. So far, I haven’t seen or heard proof regarding massage therapists. Supposedly a massage therapist did intend to file a harassment suit, but the attorney said contractors can’t sue for harassment–which no attorney would have said. If he sexted massage therapists whose #s he had for legit reasons, yes, I would have a problem with that.
    As for the PCP: Georgia authorities made clear there was no evidence of assault against Roethlisberger. Goodell said Ben was suspended for behaving badly. Now they’re investigating Favre for behaving badly. Apparently if your name is Roethlisberger or Favre and you have a high profile, it’s a bad thing to behave badly. But if your name is Underwood or Young and you behave badly while breaking the law (soliciting prostitutes and assaulting people in strip clubs) Goodell doesn’t consider that a violation of the PCP. That’s a little problematic for me.
    @SJ Apollo …
    Not a Vikes fan and not condoning Brett’s boorishness anymore than I condone Roethlisberger’s. But being boorish is not a crime. My concern is assault and harassment victims and I get a lil pissy when women who haven’t been victimized are treated like they have been. Evidence shows Ben’s “victims” weren’t raped. And if Jen Sterger kept the photos “for laughs,” she wasn’t traumatized. Still waiting to hear something credible on the massage therapists. Until then, I remain skeptical.

  55. You know, I’m going to laugh my Jet off (whoops, I meant a$$…) if Harris gets a concussion tonight. I’m more than a little tired of hearing about this guy this week. He’s a step below Barnett imo…..

  56. I am by no means a Jets fan. In fact you can call me a Jets hater. That being said, I’m hoping The Jets help Lord Farve with this “lights out” situation by turning his lights out for good.
    I’m hoping the streak ends tonight, his football career ends tonight and he never gets to complete a pass to Randy Moss.
    Bye, Bye Brett!

  57. Looks like it is lights out….. for his career. Awful performance for Favre so far late in the 3rd quarter. Still time for redemption.

  58. Looks like it is lights out….. for his career. Awful performance for Favre so far late in the 3rd quarter. Still time for redemption.

  59. So, it’s a new day. How did the “light’s out”, “Favre to Moss all night long”, “Moss for 3 TDs” plan work out for you all?
    Yeah, I thought so.
    And by the way, this sexting BS story was broken by Deadspin back in August. The media just conveniently front-burnered the story this week to hype the game.

  60. Contra says:
    October 11, 2010 6:16 PM
    Mark this down…First play of the game is a bomb to Moss for a TD. Play action at that!
    ———
    Wow, Contra. Nice call.

  61. sand0 says:
    October 11, 2010 5:46 PM
    All this smack talk towards Favre is BS. Seriously. His weiner isn’t that damn small. He just has really big hands.
    ————
    Pervy xx says:
    October 11, 2010 5:42 PM
    10 minutes to game time…..
    Favre: How you feel Super Freak? Ready for some bombs tonight?
    Moss: Straight up Homie, you doing ok?
    Favre:Augh huh…what if they chant “LIT-TLE WIE-NER?” Heard that the plan….
    Moss: Got yo back Brett. Chilly gonna broadcast Shank’s junk on the new video scoreboards….teach them…
    Favre: Thanks Randy…
    ———-
    Gay. As. The. Day. Is. Long.

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