These are not easy times for the NFL fan, your headlines co-opted by two quarterbacks who bother you for very different reasons.
Can't we just talk about OTAs and
As distinct as the quarterbacks' places are in the sporting landscape, there is a tie that binds Favre and Vick. Both have soaked up the adulation that comes with being a quarterback -- the most consequential position in sports -- and both seem destined to stand under center once again.
Seven years ago, I remember talking to former Giants quarterback
"I look at him now and I'm like, 'Just wait and see,'" Simms said then. "I've talked to so many guys who tell me they're going to retire, and I just say: 'You're never going to find anything you can do as well as this. You're going to retire when they kick you out.'"
Vick, of course, is on forced retirement, his livelihood taken away as a price for despicable acts. But how many quarterbacks willfully walk away without bouncing around to a couple of teams, or sitting by the phone and waiting for some GM to call?
"The problem with being a quarterback is, the longer you play, the more enjoyment you get," Simms said at the time. "I loved playing, controlling the team. I was always going to play."
He then added of playing quarterback, "There's just no analogy for it. This is what Brett's going to run into."
Simms was saying this in 2002 and, seven years later, he has been proven more than right. After Favre's one-year stay with the Jets, the rumors about a jump to the Vikings are swirling again. Favre is quiet. His agent and the Vikings are giving half-answers.
Does Favre want to play football? Of course he does. And if his arm is good and healthy enough, he will.
For Vick, the outlook is murkier, even if the desired end game is the same. Vick wants to play football again and, no doubt, wants to play quarterback again, but he will have to cross many thresholds before that day comes.
Upon completing his sentence in a couple of months, Vick will have to show he is remorseful to NFL commissioner
But even beyond the physical and mental reps lost during a nearly two-year prison sentence (Vick last threw a pass in the NFL in December 2006), Vick and the team that signs him will have to be prepared for the pickets and bullhorns that will surely greet them.
Vick is making the right moves so far. While in prison he met with former Colts coach
Does Vick deserve another chance in the NFL? Who's to say what anyone deserves? Vick engaged in deplorable acts. He also served time at Leavenworth for his crime.
The guess here is Vick will one day be standing under center again, running some team's offense like before.
Until then, the NFL gets to watch its latest offseason soap opera unfold. A diva who won't leave the stage. An ex-con who wants back in.
September can't come soon enough.