What they're saying

BY foxsports • August 3, 2010

Minnesota Vikings


Kicker Ryan Longwell on reports of Favre's retirement: "He certainly hasn’t said that to me. We talk a lot. We’ve talked a lot this week. Obviously he’s wondering how the team is doing and stuff and asking about the guys — concerned about his teammates."

Longwell on Favre's decision process: "I know he’s, over the past couple of weeks, been on both sides of the fence, as we old guys all are approaching training camp. I’m sure he’s getting closer to a decision. I know he wants to make it sooner than later."

Coach Brad Childress: The big thing is that he is at peace with it. He’s a competitive guy; he's been doing it for 20 years, and at this time of year it's like a circadian rhythm. Your pulse kind of quickens, there's football in the air and if you have been doing it for 20 years of your life and now stepping away from it, it's a hard thing.

Childress on how its affecting players at training camp: "Those guys are worried about getting lunch, lying down, taking a nap, getting hydrated and getting back out here. It is pretty simple during training camp."

QB Tarvaris Jackson on the team's Super Bowl chances: "Brett's a great guy. I don't want to take anything away from him. He's a Hall of Fame quarterback and I learned a lot from him last year and hopefully when I get my chance this year, if I get my chance this year, I can keep the team going."


Green Bay Packers


LB Nick Barnett: "I don't know [if I believe him]. It's like believing in Santa Claus. You get gifts, but you ain't seen Santa Claus. So we don't know whether it's true or not. We'll see what happens."

TE Donald Lee: "You know what? I still wouldn’t count him out. I don't think he's retiring until the season starts. When the season starts and he's not there, then I'll say he’s officially retired."

GM Ted Thompson on how this impacts the NFC North race: "This time of year I think you are more focused on your own team because your team is in the process, it's in the kitchen being cooked. We've got three or four weeks to kind of decide how our team is going to look, so I think you focus more on your own concerns."


New York Jets

Fullback Tony Richardson who played with Favre during his stint with the Jets: "The fondest memory I have of Brett Favre is when we went to Miami and we were having a walk through and I saw the wall of fame with Dan Marino’s name on it. Here I was, taking handoffs from a player who broke those records.

"He was a great guy and a great teammate and one of the best players to ever play the game."


Chicago Bears


DE Julius Peppers: "I really don't care. I could care less one way or the other. We're still going to play that team twice and we're going to try to beat them twice, whether he's there or not. So if he comes back, fine. If he doesn't, that's fine, too."

Coach Lovie Smith: "Brett Favre is good for our game. He's one of the all-time great players. I don't know much more. I haven't spent a whole lot of time thinking about it, really."

RB Chester Taylor, who played with Favre last year in Minnesota: "He had a great career. He's our opponent now. It would benefit us if he don't come back. But if he do, I wish him all the luck."


Dallas Cowboys


QB Tony Romo: It's hard especially since he can still play the game. But it's better to go the year before than a year too late. He had an incredible season, maybe the best of his career last year and to have that at his age and do that, that was outstanding.

Receiver Patrick Crayton: "I'm not buying it at all, man. They've still got what, a month left in training camp? Give him about a week and a half. He'll change his mind."

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