What if the Bears really called Favre?

December 05, 2011|By Scott Bolohan, For RedEye

The phone rings in Brett Favre's Mississippi home.

"Hello? Hello? Bears?" Favre answers, startled.

"Hi, um, is this Brett?" Bears general manager Jerry Angelo asks.

"Yeah, yeah, this is Brett Favre."

"Sorry, did I wake you up?"

"I guess I must have just dozed off. I'd been staying up staring at the phone for the last 48 hours, but luckily I fell asleep with the phone in my hand," Favre says.

"Sorry, I can call back later."

"No! I mean, that won't be necessary. It is almost 9 p.m., which is generally when I go to sleep, but I wasn't planning on retiring to bed for a while. See what I did there?" Favre says.

"Yeah, I get it, that's pretty good Brett," Angelo says unenthusiastically. "Anyways, we have a little issue you might be able to help with."

"Before you say anything else, let me just say that I'm willing to listen to anything you have to say."

"Good, because let's face it, this isn't a situation either of us wants to be in. But I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't try to fix it."

"Oh yeah, sure, I get it. After all, I've seen Caleb Hanie play. And he is no Jay Cutler. Man, I love Jay Cutler. That guy is a gunslinger. You know who else was a gunslinger? Old No. 4. That's me. Brett Favre."

"Yeah, that's great Brett …"

"But there are a couple things you should know about me before this goes any further. You are probably familiar with my career stats. But I'm a team player too. When people look back on my Packers, Jets and Vikings career they see loyalty, commitment, and perseverance."

"You had a good career, Brett. … Hey, how is ESPN reporting the Bears are in talks with you already?"

"Oh yeah, that. I think they intercept all my calls and make them news. I must be really easy to intercept or something."

"That's the first thing we can agree on. But Brett the real reason I'm calling you today …"

"I'm in. I just booked a flight to O'Hare."

"Actually Brett, we have no interest in signing you. I think you've been accidentally sending us texts. You need to stop."

Scott Bolohan is a RedEye special contributor.

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