It’s been seven years since Brett Favre signed with the Vikings, where, as a 40-year-old, he promptly led the team to 12 wins and an appearance in the NFC Championship Game. But Favre retired after the 2010 season, and given that he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this month, it’s probably safe to assume he won’t be coming out of retirement.
But with the news that Vikings starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered an ACL injury on Tuesday and is facing a “significant” recovery, it’s natural to wonder if the team might look outside the organization for his replacement.
One name we can scratch off the list: Peyton Manning. ProFootballTalk.com reports that Manning, who retired this spring after winning a Super Bowl with the Broncos in February, will not consider returning to the NFL.
Manning, whose comedy stylings have been a pleasant surprise, didn’t exactly leave football at the pinnacle of his career. Though, to be fair, the man played 18 seasons, and underwent multiple neck surgeries in 2011. After a stellar career in Indianapolis, he signed with the Broncos in 2012, and in 2013, at the age of 37, he threw for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns.
And before you ask, no, Johnny Manziel isn’t an option either. The former Heisman Trophy winner was selected 22nd overall in 2014 by the Browns, 10 spots ahead of Bridgewater. Of course, the Browns paid $100,000 for a study on if they should take Manziel or Bridgewater, a study that concluded Bridgewater would be the better NFL quarterback. Naturally, Cleveland went with Manziel.
(Related: Manziel has been relatively quiet on social media, posting to Instagram last week a photo from his days at Texas A&M with the caption, “Life’s not the same without football and your brothers in August. Nevertheless I’ll be watching [former A&M teammate and current Buccaneers wideout Mike Evans].”)
Back on Earth, the Vikings appear ready to roll with 36-year-old Shaun Hill, who last started an NFL game in 2014.
“I have confidence in Shaun,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters on Tuesday. “I think he’s played great this preseason. He’s been in two-minute drills. He’s done a phenomenal job. The thing we have to remember is this is about the team, this isn’t a one-man deal. … We have a good team. We have a good defense team. Our offensive line is much better. We have good receivers, maybe the best running back in the NFL. So this is about a team and us trying to figure out how to win football games.”
Source: CBS Sports / Peyton Manning reportedly won’t pull a Favre and come out of retirement