Brett Favre's brilliant NFL career came to a somewhat ignominious conclusion in 2010, as scandal, injury and a crummy Vikings team coalesced to take the skip out of the Ol' Gunslinger's victory lap.
Favre believed he'd walked away from a Vikings team that had taken its best shot in a brutal 2009 NFC Championship Game loss to the New Orleans Saints. He said as much to Donovan McNabb, Favre's ill-fated successor in Minnesota.
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During an appearance on the "Double Coverage" podcast with Steve Wyche and Mark Kriegel, McNabb shared a conversation he had with Favre after McNabb's brief run with Minnesota went south.
"He said, 'I felt bad that you went over there' and I kind of understood where he was going, what he meant," McNabb said. "You know, I asked him why, because they went to the NFC Championship two years prior to when I got there. And he felt like they gave all that they had in order to achieve everything that they achieved.
"Now, they had some breaks. They had some lucky breaks. Some of the passes Brett threw, just a tipped ball went for a touchdown, they beat Dallas after Dallas had beat us in Philly twice. Then all of the sudden they get to the NFC Championship, and if Brett doesn't throw that pass, it's a whole new different dilemma now."
McNabb is referring to Favre's awful interception late in the fourth quarter against the Saints. The turnover set up the field goal in overtime that sent Drew Brees & Co. to the Super Bowl.
The podcast is definitely worth a listen. McNabb -- who's been a free agent for nine months and counting -- remains confident the phone is going to ring. He sounds a bit mystified why it hasn't happened already.