Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre knows a thing or two about playing your former team. After playing almost his entire career witht he Green Bay Packers he left for a season with the New York Jets before playing with the Minnesota Vikings and leading them to the NFC Championship game.
“I think there’s an exciting anticipation, but there’s probably quite a bit of nervousness,” Favre said. “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.”
Said Favre: “Not that he has to prove anything to Colts fans or the Colts organization … and it’s not really a stick it in your face (game). I think it’s just a competitive nature that players like (Peyton) — and I think myself — you carry with you, no matter how long you play.”
“Sixteen years, I often … wondered what it was like as a visitor,” Favre said. “And I never thought that I would ever take that walk out of the visitor’s tunnel or make that ride up from Appleton into Green Bay as a visitor. … and then I got that chance.”
“I wanted to play as well as I’d ever played in my career,” said Favre. “… And I was always like, 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.”
Manning could have some extra motivation after Colts owner Jim Irsay put his foot in his mouth this week.