Jared Allen certainly isn’t the guy we’d expect to show up with the sensible advice. Yet, that hillbilly is exactly the person who did so when the Minnesota Vikings were courting Brett Favre to come out of retirement.
During the summer of 2009, the Vikings sent owner Zygi Wilf’s (Groucho, you fuck!) private plane to Mississippi to woo Favre. Brett had “retired,” after a season with the New York Jets, but hadn’t officially sent his retirement papers to the league. The expedition included Allen, offensive lineman Steve Hutchinson and kicker Ryan Longwell, now and forever a Minnesota Viking.
Allen told Favre to stay where he was.
“I used that (trip) to get out of training camp for a few days,” Allen told A.J. Hawk on his podcast.
“I was the one guy who told him, ‘Stay retired.'”
“Hutch and Longwell put the pressure on him,” Allen said. “I was like, ‘Listen, dude. It looks like you got it pretty good down here.’ His place is amazing. I’m like, ‘I’m going to be real honest with ya. If I’m you, I stay retired.’ But I’m like, ‘Don’t come back thinking you gotta prove something. If you want to come back and have fun with us and try to win some football games, do it. If not, I might retire and move down here.'”
Yeah, and we all know how that played out.
Favre’s ego got in the way, he came back and had one amazing year with the Vikings, followed by one horrible year.
The 2009 season featured two Favre victories over the Green Bay Packers, but ultimately ended with Favre being Favre and chucking an ill-advised pick in the playoffs that ended the run.
Let this be a lesson to everyone out there. Even if you’re Brett Fucking Favre, you cannot take the scum of the earth Minnesota Vikings to the promised land.
They are and will always remain the Minnesota Vikings.
Allen was impressed with Favre’s place and would like to move in. I did not know Favre raised sheep.
“During the summer of 2009, the Vikings sent owner Zygi Wilf’s (Groucho, you fuck!) private plane to Mississippi to woo Favre. Brett had “retired,” after a season with the New York Jets….”
Sometimes when writing…Facts matter.
When writers material is usually derived (plagiarized) from media outlets such as twitter, instagram, tmz, life & style etc. It’s more likely that a mistake won’t be made when certain individuals don’t have to write and think for themselves. But….in those rare instances you find yourself in unfamiliar territory…..
Mordecai….The plane trip to Favre’s happened in the summer of 2010 to convince him to come back for a 2nd season. Not only that, but they reworked his deal to give him an additional 3.5 million in salary. Not to mention, he basically got to skip camp as pre-season was already half over with. But keep writing my friend, don’t let accuracy get in your way.
Favre retired from the Jets in April 2009. Favre and Bus Cook insisted in April, May, June and July that Favre was retired and he was not going to play for the Vikings. He signed with them in August.
From about 2000 on, the only time Favre was truly motivated to win was with the Vikings. He only threw 7 interceptions in 2009 vs about 20 a year the last 10 years with the Packers. He went back to old ways in 2010.