Brett Favre has emerged from his Mississippian wilderness to talk a little football.
With Manning returning to Indianapolis to play the Colts as a Denver Bronco, Favre sat down with NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" crew to guess at Peyton's mindset.
"I think there's an exciting anticipation, but there's probably quite a bit of nervousness," Favre said. "Not that he has to prove anything to anyone, but if he ever wanted to play well, it would be in a game like this."
"Sixteen years, I often ... wondered what it was like as a visitor," Favre said. "And I never thought that I would ever take that walk out of the visitor's tunnel or make that ride up from Appleton into Green Bay as a visitor. ... and then I got that chance.
"I wanted to play as well as I'd ever played in my career," Favre said. "... And I was always like, each play that I had success at, the next play, I was like, 'Please don't fail. Can this game hurry up and get over with?' because I was just so worried that something negative would happen."
Asked to hand down some sage words to Manning, now in the same spot, Favre simply said: "He'll figure it out."