For all the hits Brett Favre took in his career, he says he was never knocked out cold until the frozen turf at TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota did him in on what seemed like a soft hit. That ended up being the final play of Favre’s career.
Brett Favre joined BaD Radio on KTKC in Dallas to reflect on his career and his reputation and to address a possible reunion in Green Bay. He also touched on the tough final play of his career and spoke about growing up a Cowboys fan.
On the adulation as well as the resentment he received from broadcasters and fans:
“It was hard not to pay attention to John Madden, that part of it, or Frank Caliendo. But I think as far as the resentment goes, or however you want to look at it, it happens with every person or player who has success. … But I really didn’t pay much attention to it.”
On if his annual retirement debates were plays for leverage in order to get the team to get him more immediate help:
“That’s a fair estimate. I just find it hard to believe that a GM and/or a coach would — first of all — be worried about the next era when their job’s on the line today. That’s not to say that it wouldn’t happen or has happened. I think you do kind of have to look to the future a little bit in drafting, for example, Aaron Rodgers. Perfectly OK with that. But you do have to be concerned with winning now. … But I think for me it was the timing. I had played I don’t know how many games straight in ’05 at the end of the year. … If we didn’t win it at the end of the year, which 19 out of 20 we didn’t, then it was a disappointing year for me. Later on in my career, it just got more and more disappointing, even though I might’ve had a great year. The last thing I wanted to think about was football. So when I was asked that question of playing or not playing, I could have easily said, which I probably should’ve, ‘We’ll see you in July. At this point I can’t commit to a team, I’m burned out.’ Which was true. That’s not to say that in July I wouldn’t be recharged. It’s kind of like when you go on summer break from school. You can’t wait. But then the first day of school, you’re kind of looking forward to it again. And that’s the way I was. It was just the timing of the questions and how I answered them.”
On coming back to Green Bay to reconcile things with Packers fans:
“We’ll do it one day.”
On the last play of his career:
“It was the only time in my career where I was actually completely out. It was 10-15 seconds. … Miserable night, the dome had collapsed, our season had gone from bad to worse. I didn’t have to play in the game, wanted to. I remember telling myself in pregame, ‘You’re an idiot. What do you stand to gain in this?’ But I thought, ‘I’ll survive this game, I’ll be fine.’ … The guy didn’t even hit me, he pushed me. I threw the ball and the field was, of course, solid ice. It was like concrete, and he just pushed me and I slip, fall, and nothing hurt. Hit the left side of my head, and the next thing I remember I was snoring as our trainer’s kind of shaking, saying, ‘You OK?’ And when I look at the footage … there was a 10- to 15-second period where I was asleep. And as I got up and shook the cobwebs off, I remember looking at our trainer Suge (Eric Sugarman) and saying, ‘Suge, what are the Bears doing here?’ He’s like, ‘Ah, come over here with me, buddy.’ When I kind of started figuring it out as I was getting to the sidelines, I thought, ‘Now, if there was ever a time where the writing is on the wall, this is it.’ It may be a little too late for the cumulative damage that you’ve done. Now it’s probably a little too late to say, ‘OK, now is when I’m going to save my body.’ Went in, took a shower, got some hot cocoa, got a hot dog and said, ‘That’s it. I’m going to watch the next two or three.’”
On growing up a Cowboys fan:
“I was a diehard Cowboys fan. Loved the Saints, but really it was more Archie. ‘This year’s Archie’s year.’ Of course, it never was, but yeah, my dreams were always of being Roger Staubach.”