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.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will play his former team, the Indianapolis Colts, today. Favre talked about the situation on the NFL Network.
“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.