Attention NFL Teams With Bad Quarterbacks: 44-Year-Old Brett Favre ‘Could Play Today’
Somebody go fire up the ol’ rumor mill: Brett Favre’s agent, Bus Cook, says that the NFL great/occasional drama queen/owner of infamous penis is in “best shape I’ve ever seen him in” and could play in the league today. Okay, y’all ready to speculate?
Cook spoke to AL.com recently, and, though the article makes it clear that Cook was “merely making an observation” and not trying to drive us all insane with yet another will-he-or-won’t-he saga, the guy had plenty of great things to say about the former Packer/Jet/Viking:
“His arms look like a blacksmith’s arms. He rides a bike probably 30-50 miles a day. He runs four or five miles a day. He’s coaching at the high school and they’re undefeated. He loves it. His body fat is 7.5 percent and he weighs 225 pounds. He could play today, better than a lot of them out there today.”
So he looks like this now, huh?
Let’s consider this honestly for a second. There are a few teams that are seriously struggling at the quarterback position and could use a quality veteran: the Jaguars, the Buccaneers, the Vikings and the Browns, just to name the obvious. Would bringing on Brett Favre be a long-term solution for them? Of course not. But if you’ve watched a Jags or Vikings game this season, you know how brutal it can be to watch Chad Henne/Blaine Gabbert/Christian Ponder for four quarters at a time. Favre would at least be, in the word’s of Cook, “exciting to watch.”
And Favre wouldn’t be the first 44-year-old quarterback in the NFL. We saw Vinny Testaverde play at 44 in 2007. Steve DeBerg was under center for the Falcons in 1998 at 44. And of course, we can’t forget about combo quarterback/kicker George Blanda, “The Grand Old Man,” who played until he was 47 back in the ’70s.
I doubt any teams are seriously considering bringing in Favre for a tryout, and I also doubt that Favre himself is interested in putting himself and his family through that kind of circus again. But we also love drama, and Brett Favre un-retiring to play for the Jaguars and to mentor newly signed Tim Tebow in the ways of the Force sounds like the best possible storyline for the 2013 season.
Forget Peyton Manning. Let’s see what a real old man can do.