I read . . . I suppose it would be more accurate to say that my nose has been rubbed in it, that Bret Favre was asked to return to football and refused.
Now whether the original report of the request was an agents pipe dream or not, the fact remains Favre did deny he would be returning.
That is, perhaps, a good thing.
Then there was John Elway’s statement about Favre’s ability to last a full NFL season of sixteen games:
“I’m sure Brett’s in good shape, I’m sure he could probably go out and play a couple series and throw the ball as well as he ever has,” John Elway told FOX Sports 1 in a sit-down interview this week. “But I’m very doubtful that he could make it through a 16-game schedule.”
Bret is 44 and has, reportedly, been keeping in good physical shape through running and bicycle-ing. So, the physical aspect might be there, but not the inner desire to excel.
That is not where my speculation is however. No. John Elway, other than a car dealer, is the Denver Broncos’ executive vice president of football operations.
Mr. Elway also said:
“That’s the hard thing about playing in this league when you play for a long, long time is the body goes before the mind. And I think that the older you get when you’re playing, you feel like you get better because the fact that the experience helps you so much and the knowledge of the game helps you so much.
“What we don’t realize is that the body doesn’t go along with the mind. The body goes in the other direction.”
Which may or may not have bearing on what I was thinking when I re-read these headlines Wednesday and again Thursday morning:
Peyton Manning injury alert? Broncos QB not in pads for practice
That following the Vikings game.
The thought I had was a small wonderment. Manning is 39 going on 40. The Vikings asked him to step out of the system and embarked on a rebuilding program. The NFL is experiencing a QB injury slaughter and premium replacements are scare. Tim Tebow can’t even find a job tossing the ball (although I’m somewhat convinced that Tebow’s problem, despite coaches declarations of bad mechanics, is in the locker room).
So. My question is Elway’s thinking accurate. He did say it after all.. And if an accurate reflection of inner conviction, will Manning have a job next year? Or, if hurt will he retire this year.
From the reaches,