Shortly after practicing with the Vikings on Wednesday, Brett Favre took to the podium and announced what many already suspected: he is returning to Minnesota for the 2010 season, his 20th year in the NFL.
Favre said that the decision "was very tough," and that he "could make a case for both - playing and not playing," but in the end, this comeback (his third, for those scoring at home) was about his teammates. "I think ultimately as much has been made about the three guys coming down, it was really about the team."
Physically, Favre said he was fine -- "I've played in 309 straight games, I can't complain." -- but that the mental aspect is really what wears on him more, particularly the challenge that is winning the Super Bowl.
"It's hard to make people understand. You play 19 years and I was fortunate enough to be on a winning Super Bowl team in 1996. I was fairly young at the time and you think, 'This is no big deal, we'll be back, there's always next year.' In that particular game, the mental toll was really what was hard to deal with. This team is a very good football team. The chances here are much greater than other places and there's a lot of teams that can say they have a legitimate chance and this is one of those teams. From that standpoint, it's always made it easier.
"My wife, she always says i look at things negatively more than I should but the what ifs can not answer the bell and what happens if it doesn't. I would love to win a Super Bowl, but what happens if you don't?"