Brett Favre, former Falcons, Packers, Jets, and Vikings quarterback, mentioned this week that his previous Wisconsin employer might miss Davante Adams, who was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders in March.
But Favre wasn’t done making headlines.
He told TMZ on Wednesday that he would “consider” an NFL commentator job. In the segment, Favre was asked about Tom Brady’s wherewithal to play professionally at age 45. The chat later diverged into Brady’s lucrative commentating gig lined up for his post-playing career.
Favre was asked if he’d consider stepping into the booth, replying, “If someone offered me a job to do Monday night of Thursday Night Football, and it would be a great deal, I would consider it. But it’s not on my bucket list for things to do.”
The ex-Vikings quarterback also offered a little self-deprecation by explaining, “I guess my country accent cuts me out — the aw-shucks mentality.”
Favre, the Nolan Ryan of the NFL, played in the pros for 20 years — 16 in Green Bay, two with Minnesota, and one apiece in Atlanta and New York. He has the all-time “records” for most interceptions and fumbles, mainly because of longevity. Favre ranks fourth all-time in passing yards and touchdowns, marks that were semi-recently passed by the aforementioned Brady, Drew Brees, and Peyton Manning. After Favre left the game in 2011, the NFL began a march toward pass-happiness, so quarterback records began to tumble.
Other NFLers are experiencing success with transitions to commentating. Tony Romo is the gold standard, signing on with CBS in 2017. Troy Aikman will headline ESPN’s broadcast on Monday Night Football in 2022. Kurt Warner is the lead analyst for Westwood One Sports.
Tiki Barber, Jay Feely, Trent Green, Daryl Johnston, James Lofton, Mark Sanchez, Mark Schlereth, and Jonathan Vilma also have national booth jobs.
Favre took the Vikings to the 2009 NFC Championship, accounting for 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions during his first season in Minnesota. The Saints upended the Vikings in the NFC title game, forcing Favre to return in 2010 for a sequel. But the second act was ill-fated, as Favre encountered the proverbial age-related decline that often besets 40-something quarterbacks. Minnesota finished the 2010 campaign with a 6-10 record. Favre retired — for good — shortly after.
Here’s the TMZ clip:
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).