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What did Brett Favre tell Jay Leno about his NFL future

What did Brett Favre tell Jay Leno about his NFL future

Gray bearded back and forth enthusiast Brett Favre chatted with Jay Leno on Leno’s late night show Thursday night and you wouldn’t believe what he said about his football future.

OK, you probably will.

“It’s only been a month and I know now that I’m not going to say anything anytime soon,” Favre said when quizzed about his status. “I’m just going to sit back, relax and enjoy the off season.”

Leno then jokingly gave Favre a gold watch for his “retirement” something the host admitted NBC had given him previously.

“I haven’t made a decision yet,” Favre replied. “But, I’ll take the watch.”

Favre also said that he thought his biggest accomplishment in a stellar 2009 season was winning over a majority of the Minnesota Vikings fan base. No small feat when you consider all the years of bad blood between Favre and the purple and gold faithful.

Appearing on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” on Thursday night, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback politely demurred when host Jay Leno asked for his thoughts on returning for 2010.

“Well Jay, it’s only been a month, and I know now that I’m just not going to say anything anytime soon, just going to kind of sit back, relax, enjoy the offseason,” Favre said in his first public comments since Minnesota’s bitter overtime loss in the NFC championship at New Orleans on Jan. 24.

Favre is the NFL’s career leader in nearly every major passing category and a three time league MVP. The former Green Bay Packer had one of his best seasons ever after doing what was once unfathomable: deciding to play for his former bitter rival in Minnesota. The Vikings were rewarded with 33 touchdowns and the lowest interception rate of Favre’s career.

But Minnesota’s loss at New Orleans left the 40 year old battered. He said afterward that his decision probably wouldn’t take months and that his main concern was whether his body could hold up for another season.

Asked if that defeat still upsets him, Favre told Leno: “I think it will for a long time.”

But he put a positive spin on his season with the Vikings.

“Obviously had we gone to the Super Bowl that would have been the icing on the cake, but it was way better than even I could have dreamed of,” he said. “I’ve told people I really believe my biggest accomplishment this year was winning over the majority of the Vikings’ fans. For so many years I was hated.”

Last week at the NFL scouting combine, Vikings officials reiterated their willingness to wait for Favre to make up his mind even if that muddies their plans for the quarterback position.

“I’m not going to put him in any box,” coach Brad Childress said last Friday. “Four weeks and change, he’s still healing up from that game. He’s kind of earned that latitude.”

Asked if that defeat still upsets him, Favre told Leno: “I think it will for a long time.”

But he put a positive spin on his season with the Vikings.

“Obviously had we gone to the Super Bowl that would have been the icing on the cake, but it was way better than even I could have dreamed of,” he said. “I’ve told people I really believe my biggest accomplishment this year was winning over the majority of the Vikings’ fans. For so many years I was hated.”

The Return of the NFL

The Return of the NFL

OK, so it’s not exactly the Super Bowl, but tonight’s Hall of Fame Game is likely to draw decent betting action for the mere fact that it’s the first football game in over six months for many bettors.

The Cincinnati Bengals are favored by three and the total is 32.5. The Bengals do have the luxury of playing in their home state and should have a crowd advantage.

(1) Free NFL Preview says:This upcoming season is exciting to watch indeed. Denver Bronco rookie sensation Tim Tebow is one player to look out for. Whether he can still execute his exciting aerial maneuvers which mesmerized the college ranks is a big question mark and this early, defensive stoppers around the league are giving the notion that they will hit Tebow hard once they got to play against him. That would be a tall order for the rookie.