|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL Brett Favre has faced demanding questions from the media for 20 years, never more so than this season while he has been embroiled in a messy NFL investigation and struggled mightily on the field for the Vikings. When he finally does decide to hang up the pads, which he insisted Wednesday will happen for good at the end of this long and trying NFL Sportsbook season, the 41-year-old quarterback said he could look to turn the tables. He says he might be a reporter and ask some tough questions. He answered a few more of them Wednesday.
After the Vikings fired coach Brad Childress, who had a well-documented history of butting heads with his QB, some figured the old man would change his mind again and decide to play in 2011. After all, Favre confidante Leslie Frazier is the team's interim coach. Favre said he was done. The way this season has gone, it's hard to blame him. The investigation into allegations that he sent a game-day hostess inappropriate text messages and photos while both worked for the Jet 2008 has dragged on for two months now.
An NFL spokesman said Wednesday that the investigation is continuing, and Favre said he hasn't been summoned by the league for another meeting and has no idea when it will reach a conclusion.
Favre also has been battered on the field during the Vikings' disappointing 4-7 start. He is playing with two fractures in his ankle and has dealt with tendinitis in his elbow, stitches in his chin and stiffness in his throwing shoulder, among other injuries and ailments.
He joked that he got bit by a mosquito and now has malaria. After putting together one of his best NFL betting seasons in 2009 -- a 33-touchdown, seven-interception masterpiece that led the Vikings to the NFC title game -- Favre is having one of his worst in year 20. He leads the league with 17 interceptions, and his 71.0 passer rating is 30th, ahead of only Arizona's Derek Anderson Oakland's Bruce Gradkowki Carolina rookie Jimmy Clausen.
Favre knows that his history of waffling about the end of his career has left many doubters. Even some of his teammates won't believe he's done until they receive a text from him while he is watching the 2011 season opener from his couch in Mississippi.