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Favre's Q&A with Jon Gruden

Posted by: under Packers, Super Bowl, Vikings players, Brett Favre Updated: October 5, 2009 - 10:30 AM

Earlier tonight we posted some excerpts of Brett Favre's comments to ESPN's Jon Gruden. Here is the entire "Sunday night conversation" between the two that aired tonight on "SportsCenter." (Note: The website ProFootballTalk.com makes an interesting point, noting that in Favre's answer to the second question about what he would say to all Packers fans, an earlier excerpt today had Favre saying: "It was 16 great years. I hope they enjoyed it, they appreciate it, that run as much as I did. You can't take that away, you just have to let it go and just move on." The "just move on" part, though was taken out in the interview that ran on "SportsCenter.")

Q. You're going to play the Green Bay Packers. How much of this is really personal? How much do you just really want to beat them?

A. "I want to beat them. I have a lot of friends on that team. The way things went down. I'm not going to sit here and lie to you. It was disappointing for both sides and that's unfortunate. No one wanted that. I still feel like I can play at a high level and we're playing a good football team. I know how good they are. You don't want to put all your eggs in one basket. Now, if you're playing in the Super Bowl against your former team, you do. It's all or nothing. We're going to play these guys again. We're going to play a lot of games after this. I sure hope we win this game but for the right reasons. And deep down inside, don't get me wrong, I want to prove to people, even though I don't feel like I have to, I still want to prove that I'm worthy. And I think that's human nature. Believe me I want to win the game."

Q. Sixteen years, Green Bay Packers, you dominated there. What do you say to all the Packers fans? They have to be confused.

A. "It was 16 great years. I hope they enjoyed it, they appreciate it, that run as much as I did and will always. I've said that over and over. You can't take that away. You just have to let it go."

Q. What's it going to feel like Monday night?

A. "Up to this point it hasn't been too stressful. I think it would be, I don't want to say odd or weird, a little strange. Playing 16 years there, wearing that uniform. What I was fortunate enough to be a part of there. Being on this side in that Dome against the Packers. It sounds a little strange and I'm thinking it will be a little bit ... but as you know, once you start playing it doesn't really matter."

Q. What is it about you and the two-minute drill? Is there a gunslinger switch that you click on in your helmet?

A. "There have been a lot that have failed. You play long enough just about everything will happen. And I think my mentality, I don't want to say is best suited for that, but there's probably times where during the course of a game where I should have more restraint. That's not the time, it's all or nothing and you have to score."

Q. I thank you for helping me get a head coaching job. Andy Reid, Mooch [Steve Mariucci], we all thank you. You got a lot of us jobs, man. You're good for the economy.

A. "It's the least I could do. I probably gave a lot of gray hairs to a lot of people, too."

UPDATE: Received an e-mail from Bill Hofheimer at ESPN about the "just move on" part of Favre's quote being cut out of "SportsCenter" on Sunday night. Per Hofheimer, "This is simply a matter of different people were cutting different versions [of the interview]. It was an edit room decision. Nothing more than that."

 

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