Notebook: Players, alumni react

Players and alumni from around the league continue to weigh in the possible return of Brett Favre and its impact on the Vikings and the Packers.

As the Brett Favre story continues to develop, players (and alumni) from around the league continue to react. Some believe it's the right move; others say he's too old.

Put former Vikings running back Chuck Foreman in the first category.

"We have everything in place, now we just got to get a guy to drive the bus. And once we get that, we'll be in good shape," Foreman said, according to Keloland TV in Sioux Falls, S.D. "Don't misunderstand me, our young guys are okay, I'm not saying they're not. But I'm saying with Brett Favre, you get the best."

Former Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin has a different opinion on the matter.

"Favre's 100 years old; stop this already," he said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "This is what's killing everybody. Every time Favre says, ‘I want to come back,' it's like everybody on ESPN says, ‘Whatever team he says he wants to come to, he makes them automatically a Super Bowl contender.' They said that same stuff last year with the Jets, and Favre gave out toward the end of the season.

"I love Favre and I think he's been a phenomenal talent for a long time. But when I think about it now, I say, ‘Stop it already.' I don't mind that you still want to play football, but do you want to play so much, and you want to get back at (Green Bay general manager) Ted Thompson so much, that you're willing to go back into Lambeau and hurt those fans that supported you for so long?"

Irvin and Foreman's responses came days before Favre's appearance on "Joe Buck Live," where he said that Green Bay fans should realize it's just football, not life and death.

But Irvin's response seems to assume that Favre would have success against the Packers. Maybe so, but the Vikings' current quarterbacks, Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson, were continuing to compete for the starting job last week as offseason practices wrapped up until the start of training camp.

Rosenfels knows all about the scrutiny a quarterback receives at the NFL level and believes his current competitor for the starting position, Tarvaris Jackson, has done a good job of dealing with the spotlight.

"He's a very mentally tough guy. He's done a great job of handling it, I think. And for a young guy to handle it like he has, I think, is tremendous and speaks a lot about him," Rosenfels said. "He and I are competing hard out here, and he's helping me out with some things, and I'm trying to help him a little bit, because at the end of the day it's about trying to make the Minnesota Vikings the best football team possible and bring this team as far as possible in the playoffs."

JACKSON'S REACTION

One of the players who scrutinized the quarterback position was defensive tackle Pat Williams, who said during a radio interview last month that he tells Jackson all the time that he needs to work harder. Childress downplayed those comments a few days later, but they might have contributed to Jackson's answer when asked what he would be doing during his down time before training camp.

"Work and then go work some more. Just try to get in shape and make sure I go in prepared. Make sure you know it all and make sure mentally you're along," he said.

Jackson admitted that at times he has needed to blow off some steam over the whole Favre drama and other stress-related matters.

"Sometimes I let a little steam off and go lift weights. That's any situation, not just the Favre thing. Stressing about something. Just find a way to get it off a little bit. My thing is just to go in the weight room, things like that," he said.

GREENWAY'S GALLOP

Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway and his wife, Jenni, will be joined by teammates, cheerleaders, Viktor the Viking, and members of the Vikings Women's Organization in hosting the third annual Greenway's Gridiron Gallop 5K Fun Run/Walk at Lake Nokomis on Sunday. Funds raised by the event will go toward Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board youth athletic programming.

Registration and check-in starts at 7:30 a.m. with an 8:30 a.m. kids fun run and the 9 a.m. 5K run/walk. Check-in and registration will take place at the Lake Nokomis Bath House located at 4955 West Lake Nokomis Parkway in Minneapolis.

TEs Jeff Dugan and Jim Kleinsasser, along with center John Sullivan, are scheduled to appear in addition to Greenway. Timed results will be provided for each participant and posted online.

The event is $25. The cost is $10 for a child (10 and under) to participate in the 8:30 a.m. Kids Fun Run. The first 250 participants will be given a t-shirt.


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