Booty learning from a legend

Vikings quarterback John David Booty is already picking up pointers from Brett Favre that could help the second-year quarterback. See what Booty had to say about his growing relationship with Favre and how the acquisition has affected the quarterbacks.

Quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels may be having a hard time swallowing the signing the Brett Favre and what impact that will have on their future with the Vikings, but second-year quarterback John David Booty seems to be embracing the opportunity to learn from a legend.

Booty already had a connection to Favre, even if the two had never met personally.

"I feel like I've known him for a long time. (At my) dad's new high school back home, (former Packers QB) Doug Pederson was the head football coach and he was with Favre for many years," Booty said. "All the stories that Doug's told me – as much as I've heard of him, I feel like I had an idea of what he's like. When he finally got here and I was able to meet with him, I was pretty excited about it."

Their southern upbringing – Favre from Mississippi, Booty from Louisiana – doesn't hurt when it comes to things they have in common to discuss. Booty said he grew up "loving to watch" Brett Favre and Troy Aikman.

That admiration is part of the reason that Booty had no problem giving up his number four jersey to a football legend. He required no payment from Favre.

"It's fine. When you think of number four, you think of Favre," Booty said. "For me, it wasn't something that it was my number, that I've had for my whole life. I wore number four for a year, so it wasn't that big of a deal for me. He was my idol growing up and I respect him so much. That's his deal. I don't need to get into anything with that anymore."

The bigger issue is what Favre's signing means to the other quarterbacks on the roster. Many speculate that Tarvaris Jackson could be traded, possibly even released, if there isn't a solid trade partner. The team has time to make a decision there. The 80-man roster doesn't have to be pared to 75 players until Sept. 1, and then down to the regular-season limit of 53 on Sept. 5.

So far, Booty says he hasn't noticed a rift in the locker room or meeting rooms.

"Everything was great. He is such a nice guy. Me and him have a lot in common," Booty said. "We're pretty close from where we grew up. Everybody seems fine. We've had guys who have been in and out of here from the little time I've been here, and I know Tarvaris has had to deal with guys coming in and out. You just learn a guy's personality and what their likes and dislikes are and you build friendships. I think that's what this group is going to do."

While Jackson declined to comment on Wednesday after talking on Tuesday, Rosenfels reiterated his position on the deal, which took him out of contention for the starting job as long as Favre is healthy.

"This obviously wasn't what I was hoping for, but that's the situation we're in," Rosenfels said Wednesday. "I'm going to stay ready, stay prepared and keep working. You never know what's going to happen."

While Rosenfels said he is talking Xs and Os of the Vikings offense and trying to help Favre get acclimated to the nuances of Minnesota's version of the West Coast offense, Booty is already drawing from Favre's experience.

"Oh, man, obviously he's gotten tons of reps over his career and played so many games," he said when asked what he's picked up from Favre. "I think his ability to recognize things so fast and get the ball out of his hands, I think over time I'll start to pick his brain a little bit if I'm around. That's just in the short time I've been with him, that's one thing that I've really noticed."


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