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Ben Leber discusses potential Favre return, Vikings distractions

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You know what this week of miserable labor talk could use?  Some Brett Favre talk!

Vikings linebacker Ben Leber joined PFT Live for an engaging interview and addressed the possibility of Brett Favre returning to football in 2011.  Yes, we may as well admit that a long lockout could help Favre’s chances of returning to the league. Again.

Leber also talked about why the 2010 Vikings struggled.

“I wish we had the time to go over every issue,” Leber said.

Ultimately Leber said it was “hard to battle” the distractions and off-field issues the team faced.  He says many of them were never reported.

To watch Leber’s full interview, head to our PFT Live homepage.

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31 Responses to “Ben Leber discusses potential Favre return, Vikings distractions”
  1. shaggytoodle says: Mar 18, 2011 3:33 PM

    The Vikings are just too funny.

    Favre started this silly game before he left GB, thats why he is gone. Its been almost ten years of this stuff.

  2. JimmySmith says: Mar 18, 2011 3:39 PM

    This is too rich! Most clubs would look at a last place finish and take steps to avoid repeating the mistakes that got them there.

    No, not the Vikings. One of the biggest mistakes is a QB that got paid around $20 mil to finish in the bottom 5 in the league QB ratings, threw far more INT’s than TD’s and just plain looked old.

    So what do the Vikings do? Well, hopefully they bring him back, we could use the guaranteed wins but Viking fan are delusional to think a 42 yr old QB is going to have a better year than the 41 yr old Qb that stunk it up last year. But delusion appears to be a rite of spring around the Twin Cities except this year’s version isn’t the annual, “We’re going to win the Superbowl”, its been replaced by, “Let’s bring back BrINT for another year” Stupid is as stupid does.

  3. mountaindont says: Mar 18, 2011 3:53 PM

    How about these distractions for the Vikings over the years ?

    Why the Vikings are the most inept team in professional sports history

    ** 4 Superbowl losses

    ** 5 straight losses in NFC Championship games

    **Gary Anderson who had just completed the first perfect regular season in NFL history (not missing a single extra point or field goal attempt the entire year), missed a 38-yard attempt with less than 2 minutes remaining in NFC championship game that most likely puts Vikes in Superbowl in 98.

    **in 2003 Arizona’s last second touchdown on 4th and 28 against Vikings eliminated Vikings from playoffs. The moment of Arizona’s touchdown was actually the first moment the entire season in which the Vikings hadn’t led their division. The Vikings became the second team in football history to miss the playoffs after getting off to a 6-0 start

    **The “Hail Mary” pass Drew Pearson caught against the Vikes in 75 NFC championship to give Dallas the win in the final minute.

    **Jim Marshall’s wrong way run

    **The Herschel Walker trade in which Vikings gave Dallas three 1st rounders, three 2nd rounders, plus a 3rd and a 6th rounder in addition to 5 players. Walker lasts only 3 seasons in Minnesota
    .
    **Vikings despite being favored, The Vikings lose 41-0 in NFC championship game in 2000.
    **Green Bays Antonio Freeman makes one of the all time great miracle catches in overtime to defeat Vikings in 2000
    ** With 19 seconds remaining in the 2010 NFC Championship game the Vikings call a timeout on 3rd and 10 at the Saints 33 yard line. They had one timeout remaining, so the smart money was on them running the ball and hoping to gain four to five yards — thus setting up an approximately 45-yard field goal as time expired to win the game. On that next play the Vikings are penalized for 12 men in the huddle. The penalty pushed them out of FG range and most likely cost them a trip to the Superbowl. See below for nail in the coffin on the next play
    **2010 Favre`s 4th down 4th quarter interception with seconds remaining vs Saints in NFC championship puts New Orleans in Superbowl.
    * Between 1986 and 1990, nine Vikings were arrested for drunken driving, and receiver Buster Rhymes was treated for cocaine dependency.

    * In 1988, citing “overwhelming negative response” from the public, the Vikings released convicted sex offender Mossy Cade.

    * In 1994, Joey Browner is charged with third-degree rape in Minneapolis. Charges are later dismissed.

    * In 1995, running back Keith Henderson pleaded guilty to three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

    * 1995, Star Minnesota Vikings quarterback Warren Moon is arrested in Houston and charged with misdemeanor assault after he slapped his wife, choking her “nearly to the point of unconsciousness.” Moon is later acquitted after his wife refuses to testify. A few months previously, Moon had been charged with sexual assault by a Vikings cheerleader in a case that was settled out of court.

    * That year, Moon allegedly struck his wife in the head with an open hand and choked her to the point where she almost passed out, according to police in Missouri City, Texas.

    She did not press charges and, although the case went to trial anyway, Moon was found not guilty.

    * In 1995, the Star Tribune reported that the Vikings paid $150,000 to head off a sexual harassment suit against Vikings assistant coach Richard Solomon, coach Dennis Green’s closest friend on the staff.

    * In 1996, James Harris, Minnesota Vikings defensive end, pleads guilty to third-degree assault for beating his wife.

    * In 1999, safety Orlando Thomas was disciplined by the NFL after pleading no contest to the misdemeanor charge of simple battery on his wife.

    * In 2002, receiver Randy Moss knocked a traffic cop to the ground with his car, then was charged with drug possession. He later reached an out-of-court settlement with the officer.

    * In 2002, two women claimed to be sexually assaulted at the team’s Arctic Blast fundraiser.

    * In 2004, linebackers E.J. Henderson and Michael Nattiel and tight end Steve Farmer were arrested after officers said they saw the players assaulting a man outside the Tabu nightclub in Minneapolis.

    * In 2005, running back Onterrio Smith was suspended by the NFL for a year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, two months after being caught at an airport with The Original Whizzinator, a kit designed to circumvent drug tests.

    * Also in 2005, coach Mike Tice was fined by the NFL for scalping Super Bowl tickets, and defensive tackle Kevin Williams was arrested on charges of domestic abuse.

    * Wide receiver Kelly Campbell driving a stolen SUV high with a stolen and weapon, with 16 grams of marijuana

    * Daunte Culpepper’s SUV involved in drug arrest

    * Former running back Ted Brown was indicted by a Mille Lacs County grand jury in late 2003 on first-and third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges after an incident at a team function on Lake Mille Lacs. He remains free on bail.

    Brown is charged in a February 2003 incident during the Vikings’ annual Arctic Blast event at Eddy’s Resort. Prosecutors allege that Brown forced sex on an intoxicated woman who was unable to consent.

    * Tommy Kramer DUI
    * Donald Igwebuike involved in drug trafficking
    * Robert Tate threatening to have the mother of his child beaten up by his cousin
    * Kenny Mixon not 1, not 2, but 3 DUI’s while with the team
    * Former Executive Mike Kelly getting a DUI going to bail out players at the Arctic Blast
    * Denny Green Sexual Harassment Allegations
    * EJ Henderson DUI
    * January 2011 Vikings De Everson Griffin being arrested 2 times within 3 days. He was Drunk in public and then 3 days later was tased by the police after trying to run away after being pulled over for suspicion of felony battery.
    * 2010 Vikings trade a 3rd round draft pick to Patriots for WR Randy Moss. Moss is cut 4 games later
    *Oh, yeah, that whole sex boat scandal too.
    I`m sure there are things I missed but this is why

    I believe the Vikings are the most inept team Professional sports history

  4. toe4 says: Mar 18, 2011 3:53 PM

    My Peyton Man-Thing.

    My Danny Woodhead. That isn’t a joke, I think he’s a good player, want to name my…

  5. 33rdasylum says: Mar 18, 2011 3:56 PM

    CBA and Favre in one article?

    places muzzle in mouth…

  6. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 18, 2011 3:56 PM

    Favre is gone. Chilly is gone. Replacing Favre with a ham sandwich should result in a much better season if there is one.

  7. jimr10 says: Mar 18, 2011 4:02 PM

    I, for one, never doubted he would try to play again. He will still be making a fool of himself when he is 50.

  8. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 18, 2011 4:20 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    Mar 18, 2011 3:39 PM
    Viking fan are delusional to think a 42 yr old QB is going to have a better year than the 41 yr old Qb that stunk it up last year. But delusion appears to be a rite of spring around the Twin Cities except this year’s version isn’t the annual, “We’re going to win the Superbowl”, its been replaced by, “Let’s bring back BrINT for another year” Stupid is as stupid does.
    __________________

    You prove that point every time you comment, Jimmy. There isn’t a single Viking fan anywhere that wants to bring Favre back next year, except the ones that exist in your imagination. Your bit is old.

  9. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 18, 2011 4:20 PM

    Hey, mountaindont: We’ve seen it. Come up with something new.

  10. kibawib says: Mar 18, 2011 4:27 PM

    Mountaindont’s lengthy rant tells me he’s either (a) unemployed, (b) hungover, (c) both, or (d) had his heart broken by some gal who later revealed she was a Vikings fan. Wow. What a bitter person.

  11. Robert says: Mar 18, 2011 4:34 PM

    As a Minnesota resident, I would love for the Vikings to leave for Los Angeles.

    This franchise is a complete and utter debacle.

    Please NFL move this team to L.A.—and give us another team.

    And please take the Timber Wolves to San Jose.

  12. bowsi says: Mar 18, 2011 4:35 PM

    The NFL wants him back, they have made billions off him the last 20 years. Thats why they are clawing back players salaries in the CBA talks. No Favre, less revenue.

  13. mountaindont says: Mar 18, 2011 4:51 PM

    Oh Yeah I forgot to add:
    **2003 In yet another move of ineptness the Vikings are on the board in the first round of the 2003 draft with the 7th overall pick. The Vikings missed the deadline to make the pick. Meanwhile, the two teams immediately behind Minnesota on the board — Jacksonvile and Carolina — rushed their cards to the podium in New York and made their picks before the Vikings.

  14. swaz22 says: Mar 18, 2011 4:58 PM

    I think it’s crazy talk. Mountaindont something tells me that you don’t have a life that you actually took the time to wriye all this stuff about the Vikings.

  15. kingpitvinny says: Mar 18, 2011 5:11 PM

    Favre Shall Return To The Vikes!

  16. mvp43 says: Mar 18, 2011 5:28 PM

    no………please no……………………

  17. mountaindont says: Mar 18, 2011 5:45 PM

    *****Hey, mountaindont: We’ve seen it. Come up with something new***

    My list isnt old, it`s constantly updated with new and old vikings buffoonery I find.

    For example I just added….. letting the time run out in the first round of the 2003 draft.

    The Vikings, The gift that keeps giving

  18. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 18, 2011 6:02 PM

    If only the Packers would have passed the year they took Justin Harrell.

  19. mountaindont says: Mar 18, 2011 6:12 PM

    Wow!! good one Tucker. Now you can start your own list about the Packers. That`s a good start.

    I also forgot to add ….. In 1999 the Vikings select Michigan State Defensive end Dimitrius Underwood with the 29th overall pick. Underwood spent one day in camp and walked out. It was eventually shown Underwood suffered from mental Illness. The ineptness of the Vikings comes into play because his coaches at Michigan State warned NFL scouts that he was not mentally stable enough to play in the NFL.

  20. 2dimesandanickelback says: Mar 18, 2011 6:16 PM

    @mountaindont

    you could make a list like that for just about any team in the league. And lets not forget who the vikings drafted in 2003 with that ‘missed pick.’

    the same guy they wanted @7 was taken @9 for a lower price…and arguably the best defensive tackle since 2003.

    I do remember watching that draft and finding that mildly entertaining so I’ll give that much to you.

  21. jimmysee says: Mar 18, 2011 6:21 PM

    I can not believe that any Vikings fan anywhere (even Pervy) would be considering bringing Brett back for another go-round.

    The guy is not even under contract to the Vikings — so they’d have to sign him in the free agent market.

    Even the 0 for 50 Vikings could not be that stupid.

    Come on guys — I’m trying to give yo some credit here!

  22. knew8411 says: Mar 18, 2011 6:24 PM

    First off, JimmySmith….shut your pie hole. I’d be willing to bet that you spend more time running your mouth about the Vikings than almost anything else. That speaks volumes.
    Secondly, Mountaindont…You have gone back decades to detail the mistakes this franchise has made. You need to get with Jimmy and find a new hobby.
    Third…there isn’t a franchise in this league that hasn’t made mistakes, or drafted players they shouldn’t, or had players act stupid…so before you throw any more verbal jabs you may want to look at the history of the team you choose for.
    Fourth….Yeah I am Vikings fan, and yeah this franchise had had some moments that we Vikings fans would just as soon forget. But I will take a chance and speak for all Vikings fans when I say this: Thank You Brett Favre for your years in the NFL, and especially for the years in Minnesota, but please consider your health, and remain retired.
    I really like Leber, he is an awesome LB. I think that Leber is bored, and has either been oxygen deprived or is smoking some really good weed.
    GOD BLESS

  23. knew8411 says: Mar 18, 2011 6:26 PM

    Hey Mountaindont…can you say Mark Chamura?

  24. rcunningham says: Mar 18, 2011 6:42 PM

    You know what’s more annoying than Viking fans? Viking haters who comment on every single article about them bringing up the same old points.

  25. luckywi says: Mar 18, 2011 7:21 PM

    Drew Pearson is a cheater. (toungue in cheek) I hold him personally responsible for that ref getting hit in the head with a bottle.

  26. vikesfansteve says: Mar 18, 2011 7:35 PM

    All that bad stuff & yet we still are the fans. Not a fair weather band wagon b itch like most fans. It’s easy to be a Packers fan when they already had 2 Super Bowl wins when you were born, another when you turn 15. Or the huge amount of Patriots fans that suddenly sprung up when they started winning SB’s, or Cowboy fans in the 90′s. Just like the 49ers fans in the 80′s.

  27. mountaindont says: Mar 18, 2011 7:38 PM

    @2dimes
    Yes the Vikings got Kevin Williams from that pick in 2003. That really isnt the point. It`s how the vikings botched things up again.
    “you could make a list like that for just about any team in the league”
    I`ll assure you that you couldn`t put together a more inept list for any other team that would top the Vikings

    @Knew
    Yes Chumura could be on a Packers list. However you are going back 10 years as your example. You would have been better off pointing out Johnny Jolly from last year.

  28. deconjonesbitchslap says: Mar 18, 2011 8:06 PM

    you’re all losing your minds over PURE speculation.

  29. vikestwinswildohmy says: Mar 18, 2011 11:22 PM

    mountaindont and jimmysmith…literally no vikings fan wants brett favre back. just because ben leber said he might return has nothing to do with the vikings because if favre were to come back to the nfl it would be as a free agent. he is longer under contract with us and will never be under contract with us again.

    here is my list of the minnesota vikings that is just plain facts and not an idiotic opinion from some fat moron with too much time on his hands…

    minnesota vikings est. 1961

    minnesota vikings hall of famers
    -fran tarkenton
    -alan page
    -bud grant
    -jim finks
    -paul krause
    -ron yary
    -carl eller
    -gary zimmerman
    -randall mcdaniel
    -john randle

    soon to be hall of famer, cris carter

    nfl championships
    -1969

    conference championships
    -1969
    -1973
    -1974
    -1976

    division titles
    -1968
    -1969
    -1970
    -1971
    -1973
    -1974
    -1975
    -1976
    -1977
    -1978
    -1980
    -1989
    -1992
    -1994
    -1998
    -2000
    -2004
    -2008
    -2009

    -Kevin Williams, one of the best interior defensive lineman in the league

    -Adrian Peterson, holds the nfl single game rushing record and is regarded as the best running back in the nfl and a future hall of famer

    -Antoine Winfield, one of the best hitting corners in the league

    -1998 15-1 season

    -drafting randy moss and watching the packers waste draft pick after draft pick on bad cornerbacks to cover randy

    -january 9th 2005 playoff game Vikings vs. Packers. vikings won 31-17

    the minnesota vikings are a great franchise. obviously mountaindont and jimmysmith don’t think so, but that’s just opinions from two people who would rather spend their lives bringing people down to their pathetic level of hate and misery. i love the minnesota vikings. i love the minnesota sports teams period. i’m fully aware that we have not won any super bowls but that has nothing to do with me being a vikings fan. i could easily just go and root for the steelers or patriots if i wanted to but i choose to root for the team that i grew up on. memories of me watching games with my grandma. priceless memories.

    i love being from minnesota. i love the vikings, and i love that packer fans believe that they are the golden standard for sports fans…and they say we as vikings fans are delusional…

    good night
    good bye
    and don’t bother responding to this mountaindont and jimmysmith, i have a life so once i hit “SUBMIT” i’m never returning to this place

  30. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 18, 2011 11:40 PM

    When I was growing up, I never gave the Packers a second thought because they were TERRIBLE from 1968 to 1994. They didn’t become relevant again until the guy they now hate showed up.

  31. spawnsacs says: Mar 20, 2011 11:40 AM

    tucker…..we Packer fans don’t hate Aaron Rodgers…..

    Oops

    vikestwins….goodbye….leaving and taking your ball home with you like your pathetic franchise. I

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