Thursday, October 24, 2013
Seahawks would have loved to face Favre
By Terry Blount
RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman feels like he missed out on a golden opportunity, a one-time chance to play against NFL legend Brett Favre.
Favre, 44, was contacted by the St. Louis Rams about coming out of retirement one more time and helping the team while starting quarterback Sam Bradford is out with a torn ACL. Favre might have started Monday night against Seattle, but he declined the offer.
“Man, that would have been so cool, just to say I did it,” Sherman said. “I would have loved that, just to have the opportunity to play against him one time.”
And what if he came up with an interception off Favre?
“Oh, that football would have been up on my mantel," Sherman said.
Seattle safety Chris Maragos, a Wisconsin native who played college ball at the University of Wisconsin, grew up watching Favre play for the Green Bay Packers.
“Man, any kid from Wisconsin would love to play against him,” Maragos said. “That would have been exciting. He had a great career.”
Defensive end Cliff Avril has a nice memory from a game he had against Favre a few years ago.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to sack him once,” Avril said. "It would’ve been cool if he was out there, but I heard about it and took all that with a grain of salt.”
Linebacker Bruce Irvin said it’s all the same to him, whether it was Favre or journeyman quarterback Kellen Clemens, who will start Monday for the Rams.
“It wouldn’t matter to me,” Irvin said. “We have the same mentality no matter who’s back there. But it would have been really interesting.”
Second-year cornerback Jeremy Lane doesn’t think Favre could have helped the Rams against the Seahawks' defense.
“I don’t think it would have made a difference," Lane said. “But it would have been kinda cool. We would have been real tough on him, but I would have wanted to meet me after the game.”