Favre wait, support continues from Vikings

The Vikings are waiting patiently for a decision from Brett Favre, one that might be weeks or months away. His teammates from last year have been asked often about his potential return over the last couple of weeks and they continue to support the idea.

Vikings players continue to wait for a decision from quarterback Brett Favre, and they continue to support him returning to the Vikings.

Earlier this month on Sirius NFL Radio, tackle Bryant McKinnie addressed his absence from the Pro Bowl, but he also talked about the potential return of Favre.

"I feel like Brett has brought everybody closer," McKinnie said. "I feel like people have a lot of respect for him and a lot of people have stepped their game up because he became part of the team. Sidney Rice had a great year. A lot people have stepped their game up just to be around him and he's a great leader."

Favre took a beating in the NFC Championship Game and said afterwards that he would return to his Mississippi home to talk about his possible retirement with his family. He said it probably wouldn't take "months," but considering his effectiveness last year after signing with the Vikings on Aug. 18, head coach Brad Childress said team officials wouldn't pressure him for an immediate decision.

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen offered his back side for Favre to slap (which has become a Favre trademark) over the years, but Allen also encouraged Favre to take his time.

"Whatever Brett decides. We obviously respect him and want him back as a teammate. He was a great teammate," Allen said at the Pro Bowl earlier this month. "A guy in his position has every right to retire, and if he wants to come back we'll welcome him. Take your time. Make the right decision.

"Do the right thing, Brett. Do the right thing." Favre did the right thing most of the season, completing 68.4 percent of his passes for 4,202 yards, 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions, good for a 107.2 passer rating during the regular season. In two playoff games, he completed 61.4 percent of his passes for 544 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions – both of those interceptions coming in the NFC Championship Game.

"We came so close. Me and him had little side bets. We really thought we were going to get (to the Super Bowl in Miami)," McKinnie said. "I wanted him to meet some people down here. We were one play away."

Favre's successor in Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers, was also asked about the possibility of Favre coming back when Rodgers was at the Pro Bowl.

"It's really not my decision. It's his decision. He's going to make the best decision that he feels with the support of his family. Either way, we'll move on," Rodgers said, trying to avoid the subject but ending up fielding one more question on the matter.

"I think it's too early for anything, that's all I've got."

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