Brett Favre on his Lambeau Field return game in 2009
In his first game at Lambeau Field after leaving the Packers, quarterback Brett Favre threw four touchdown passes and no interceptions as his team, the Minnesota Vikings, beat Green Bay, 38 26.
On the NFL Network on Sunday, Favre talked about that game, which took place on Nov. 1, 2009, because Denver's Peyton Manning on Sunday night is to make his first appearance in Indianapolis since leaving the Colts. Manning was with the Colts for 14 seasons.
"Sixteen years, I often, not all the time, but I often wondered what it was like as a visitor," Favre said. "I never thought that I'd ever take that walk out of the visitors' tunnel or make that ride up from Appleton into Green Bay as a visitor. I often wondered what it was like, how hard it really was to play in Lambeau Field as a visitor. Then I got that chance. . . . It was a great place to play as a home team. But it was an incredible place to play as a visitor. Tough, tough environment. Fans second to none.
"After all the years I played football, and had been fortunate enough to play in two Super Bowls, you would think I wouldn't be as nervous," Favre said. "That game by far was the most nervous I have ever been in my career. I have always wanted to play well, but I really wanted to play well in this game. In my mind, I thought it would be impossible to play the way I did. When you think about not making mistakes and you put so much pressure on yourself to not screw up, usually you screw up. It just seemed everything kind of went according to plan in that game."
Favre described being in the visitors' tunnel for that game as "surreal" with people "hanging over, booing, cheering, whatever," right before he stepped on the field.
"But once I got onto the field it outdid the hype that I had envisioned," Fave said. "The butterflies didn go away. They increased, the nervousness just got worse. I don know if that ever subsided during the game, quite frankly. Maybe it eased somewhat after the first hit. It was everything I thought it would be and then some. said that "each play that I had success at, the next play I was like please don't fail, can this game hurry up and get over with, because I was just so worried that something negative would happen."
Favre said the Vikings' team bus drove right past his house in Green Bay.
"This time, instead of people waving at my truck, we were getting the you're number one signal (middle finger) to the bus," Favre said with a laugh.
Favre talked about what he imagines Manning is going through leading up his game Sunday night.
"I would think there is a exciting anticipation," Favre said. "There probably is a quite a bit of nervousness. Not that he has to prove anything to anyone. But if he ever wanted to play well, it would be in a game like this. So the expectations you put upon yourself, as if they were not high anyway, week after week the way he has been playing is outstanding he wants to outdo all of those performances today. Again not that he has to cheap jerseys prove anything to Colts' fans or Colts' organization. I think they know how great of a player he has been for a long time, maybe playing his best football right now. And it's not really a stick it in your face. I just think it is a competitive nature that players like Peyton Manning and think myself that you carry with you no matter how many years you play."
Some of the other topics Favre talked about during the interview:
On the chance he will return to play in the NFL: don throw anymore. The shape that I in is not anything like football shape, nor do I want to play. It took me 20 years but in my 20th year, I realized I didn like getting hit. On the report he has Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on his fantasy football team: wholesale jerseys is absolutely true. Aaron is my quarterback and usually he is guaranteed to get me about 30 (points). . . . He been good. On the performance by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady this season: my opinion, by far the most impressive performance in any season that Tom has had. I know the numbers are not Tom Brady like numbers, but based on the situation, the cast around him. The fact he is more of a player coach, which is always tough; you teaching in the huddle, at the line, getting guys lined up. It is a testament to how good he really is. On if Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo takes too many chances: "Yes and no. I'm sitting here, I could be talking about myself. I think it is his style of play. Right or wrong, it's his style of play . . . . You are extending the play. And he makes tremendous plays and a lot of plays that never would have happened had he not been the quarterback."
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