Conference call with: Brett Favre

At 33, Brett Favre isn't slowing down. In some ways he's just heating up. Through six games Favre has thrown 14 touchdown passes and only three interceptions. The Redskins have faced numerous good quarterbacks this season. Favre is at the top.

Q: Are you getting better with age?

A: I don't know. My team is playing well, I'm making good decisions. The obvious answer, not from me but from everyone else is, it appears I'm getting better with age.

Q: Does it ever get old playing at Lambeau Field?

A: No. How can it? This is what it's all about. I tell people that all the time. It's easy for people to look at me and say no wonder he's having fun, it's the best place to play. It really is. This is football here in Green Bay. In New England the other day, they just won a Super Bowl and by halftime half the fans were gone. I was sitting there thinking, 'You've got to be kidding me.' These people here show up day after day, for practice, for scrimmages, games, you name it. Weather plays no factor. The history and tradition here goes without saying. To be part of that and to be able to write your own script, what more can you ask for?

Q: Danny Wuerffel said it would be hard for you to coach other quarterbacks because you're so unorthodoxed. Would you agree?

A: I would agree. It's not a conscious effort on my part to play that way. I honestly believe I am the only--and I'm not saying it as a postive or negative or patting myself on the back--but I believe no one who has ever played the position has thrown and played the way I've done it. The most important thing in the way I play is I have arm strength. Usually every throw is all arm and I'm going backwards and I have both feet on ground and going backwards. It's always been that way.

Q: Do you ever surprise yourself with the throws you make?

A: Not as much anymore, but yeah a little bit. To throw the way I throw, you have to have arm strength and accuracy. Fortunately I have both. I guess that's why I'm not afraid to make any throw or make any decision. I feel like I'm able to do it. It gets me in trouble from time to time. Not only am I able to live with it but everyone else is, too. It's exciting watching the film because I have no idea what this looks like but it ought to be good.

Q: Do you feel like a kid again?

A: I feel healthy. That's the key ingredient. I do feel older. It's rougher to get up after games, not only to get over injuries but to motivate yourself.

Q: Was there a point the past two years where you thought you might not want to do this anymore because of the injuries?

A: I thought about that all the time. But I would come back and say the next game or the next team is when I'll come out of it. It was an ongoing struggle with myself.

Q: Got any advice for Patrick Ramsey?

A: I'm sure he knows what is asked of him, how to approach the job, what to expect of the team and himself. He probably knows all that stuff or he wouldn't be in the position he's in. The thing is it's hard to digest, but in time, everything will slow down and become easier. The unfortunate thing is along the way you have to suffer a lot of bad times. That's the only way you learn. I knew it when I was coming out. He probably knows it, but it still doesn't make it easier on Monday. You can't let it get you down. You have to work through it and hopefully everyone around you, including the fans and the media, will be patient and you'll emerge from it as a premier player in this league


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