Jason Campbell was walking back to the facility from the practice fields this afternoon when he spotted a media group waiting to talk to him. He smiled his thousand-watt Jason Campbell smile, said, “What, did something happen today?”
And then he answered a bunch of questions about Brett Favre.
Campbell is something of the resident go-to Brett Favre expert for the local media — Favre and Campbell are from relatively close small towns in Mississippi, although Campbell has thankfully avoided the tedious man-of-the-land mythologizing that has accrued around the new Vikings QB — so he knew these questions were coming, and he answered them patiently.
I waited until after he was done with those questions to ask him the one thing that I was most curious about: doesn’t he ever get tired of answering questions about Favre?
He laughed and shook his head. “Y’know, I just don’t ever know how to answer them,” he said. “You never know what to expect.”
Despite that, he did pretty okay.
(It’s possible that I’ve added some of my own interpretation to the “On…” segments of this transcription.)
On being asked the first Brett Favre question:
“Oh, Favre came back? Wow! I didn’t know that.”
On if the return actually surprised him:
“Surprised but not shocked. The reason why is, you know, he’s a competitor. He competes, and for him to go have surgery on his shoulder means that he’s seriously thinking of coming back. Because you don’t wanna go through a major surgery just to be going through it.
“For him to come back, I guess he just feels like he wants to give it one more chance, you know? He’s still got that itch, and I guess his arm is feeling pretty good and he wants to come out and give it a shot.”
On if Brett Favre will ever finally just go away and leave us all alone:
“He might play until he’s about sixty.”
On what his signing means to Minnesota:
“Jerseys sales about to go out the woodwork. Last year he goes to the Jets and boosts the Jets revenue, then he comes to Minnesota and he’s gonna boost their revenue. You can tell that he’s seriously been thinking about it since training camp started, and after watching teams on TV go through training camp and all the preseason games … you know, he hasn’t been out of it that long yet, so he probably felt like, ‘You know what, I think I wanna go back for another year.'”
On why Favre keeps coming back, like the monster in a horror movie:
“I guess people really need to understand that this is his livelihood. This is how he earns his living, this is what he enjoys doing — and that’s playing football. And, no matter the team that he’s playing for, that’s the team that wanted him, and that’s where he’s going.”
On how it must feel for Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels, to have made it to this point in training camp only to have the starting job given to this new signee, especially given Campbell’s own challenging offseason:
“That’s tough, man. That’s hard to swallow. Those guys been out there working hard, doing everything they need to do to prepare themselves for the season. But at the same time, like I said this offseason, at the end of the day you’ve gotta know it’s a business, and there’s gonna business decisions made and there’s gonna be things the come your way that you probably weren’t expecting. You just gotta handle it with gratitude and continue to move forward, don’t get down on yourself and don’t get depressed about it. “
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