May 4: Editorial: Fight Favre fever

  • Updated: July 16, 2009 - 2:18 PM

Vikings should pass on the former Packer great.

It's not as if Minnesotans hadn't been warned. For several years, there had been fears that an ailment could strike our state, and fortunately we've taken steps to mitigate the effects. But that doesn't make the news any less shocking.

Minnesotans have been infected with Brett Favre fever. And we need to find a cure -- fast.

The former quarterback for the Green Bay Packers is back on the market after the New York Jets gave him his unconditional release last week. Favre is retired -- just as he was last year before he forced the Packers to trade him to the Jets -- but many have latched onto his statement after he was cut as reason to hope that No. 4 wasn't finished quite yet. "Nothing has changed," he said. "At this time, I am retired and have no intention of returning to football."

"At this time."

Didn't we watch this movie last year? And if we learned anything from that retirement-unretirement drama, it's that Favre, despite his long list of achievements, is more of a disruptive force in the locker room than he is an asset on the field.

Would he be an upgrade over the quarterbacks the Vikings already have on the roster? Maybe. But that the answer to that question is no longer a slam-dunk should tell you all you need to know. At 39, Favre is not the same quarterback who was a perennial pain in the backside of the Vikings faithful for so many years.

Vikings fans once would have said that the day that Brett Favre would wear purple and gold was the day that swine flew. Regardless of recent developments, he still shouldn't.

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