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How The Brett Favre Rumor Evolved

The speculation that Brett Favre may want to play football in 2011 did not begin with 610 WIP’s Howard Eskin’s report. The Favre in 2011 campaign began in early July when NFL.com’s Gil Brandt suggested in a live chat Favre would be interested in playing in 2011.

Shortly after Brandt speculated on a Favre comeback on his chat, Brandt appeared on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access” to explain his theory was based on the fact Favre was interested in helping Panthers first round pick Cam Newton during the NFL lock out.
“I don’t think you make an inquiry to help somebody develop as a player in a coaching way if you don’t have something in your mind about coming back to play. “ Brandt told NFL Network.

Brandt admitted that his entire theory was based on nothing Favre or anyone around the future Hall of Famer had suggested.

A day after Gil Brandt’s theory became sensationalized by the NFL Network, Al Jones of the Sun Herald, a Biloxi Mississippi based newspaper, wrote a story in which he contacted Favre’s brother for reaction on a possible Favre comeback. “I would say there’s less than a 1 percent chance (he would return),” Scott Favre told the Sun Herald. “He is retired.”

Since the Sun Herald is a news paper in Mississippi the story did not get picked up nationally so the Favre come back speculation continued. The next speculator un-intentionally helped morph the rumor from a Favre comeback to Favre the Eagle. WIP host Anthony Gargano speculated if Favre were to comeback he would be great as a back up to Michael Vick. Garry Cobb wrote an article later that day mentioning Gargano’s idea and suggesting it would be a good move for the Eagles.

The Favre to the Eagles speculation was at a standstill for a few weeks until Howard Eskin made a report that the Eagles may be interested in Favre. “Just reported on TV Eagles have some interest in Brett Farve once they trade Kevin Kolb. Sources told me its possible. Not sure what Farve thinks”, Eskin posted this to his Twitter account after he made his report.

Could Eskin have heard Gargano’s theory and decided to ask his Eagles source if Gargano’s speculation could happen? In the words of Eskin’s source “it’s possible.”

Eskin’s report was the first half of the Favre to Eagles rumor going national, the second part of Favre to Eagles mania arrived through a mysterious Michael Vick tweet.

“I would be honored to have Brett Farve as a backup. That will be amazing learning how to toy with defenses the way he did his whole career.” Vick tweeted then deleted. ESPN’s Trey Wingo pointed out the key word in Vick’s tweet was “will” as if it was a definite Favre was coming to Philly.

In response to Howard Eskin’s report Favre’s agent Bus Cook told a Mississippi news paper the reports made in the past month have all been speculation. “Brett Favre retired in January. He has not talked to any teams, including Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks. He has not talked to anyone about playing football. He’s retired, period.” Cook told the Mississippi based Clarion Ledger.

Cook was not the only one shooting down the Favre to Eagles rumor Monday morning, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported the Eagles never had an interest in Favre. “Let’s end the uproar now, 2 Eagles sources tell me an emphatic No to Favre coming there to back up Michael Vick. Not the option they are on” Glazer tweeted.

Favre’s agent, brother and Jay Glazer’s two Eagles sources say Favre will not be an Eagle. Howard Eskin has a source that says it is possible Favre will be an Eagle. All of this stems from a theory made in a chat room, do you really think Favre is going to be an Eagle?

Jerry Brennan

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July 26, 2011 7:58 am

Wrong Jerry it started with the all knowing all seeing Howard Eskin. He walks on water. I honestly don’t know why he has a job, I know alot of people who shut the radio off at 3 oclock and if thats my small case study there has got to be more. He is a horses ass and not in a Jim Rome good way either. Like a little snotty whiney know it all way. He’s the worst.

July 26, 2011 8:52 am

I agree with RTB,
How this guy has remained employed over the last 25 years is beyond me..
and he’s such an Ass-Kisser too.. The absolute worst…

July 26, 2011 9:16 am

Favres brother & agent both said he is retired, end of story, So who gives a $#!T!? Stop writing & talking about this idiotic, useless, non-story. This is all the work of the media hack, Favre sack slurpers. Plain & simple. He is cooked & IMHO, he by far, is the most overrated player in all time sports. He did nothing for the last decade of his career, but cost his team more than he won, with his idiotic INT’s & brain damaged play. He also is a notoriously selfish, non team, bastard. WTF, makes anyone in there right mind, think he now is gonna change & be a backup, for that matter. GIVE ME A F^@#ING BREAK ALREADY!

July 26, 2011 9:32 am

Come on guys, hit me up for an invite to the fantasy league astuckey05 at gmail dot com

July 26, 2011 10:04 am

One bobblehead with nothing to talk about for an hour makes a stupid statement – then like a bunch of teen-age girls, the other bobbleheads pick up the mantra – but make sure they prefice their lack of reporting and finding suitable sources by saying ‘its been reported by the other bobblehead’ and before you know it, a rumor that has nothing to do with anything resembling reality becomes almost fact based. Look at this site – in one article today a wirter discusses the Eagles ‘formula’ young ascending players to sign to long term contracts’ ok – does ANY of that apply to Farve?

So to sum up – when sports ‘reporters’ at like teen age girls – guess what – rumors evolve

July 26, 2011 10:19 am

Wow had eskin done a little research like the research in this article he wouldnt look sooooo STUPID! BUT thats y eskin is eskin

July 26, 2011 9:51 pm

I tweeted Eskin and asked him did Gargano’s inital story give him the idea to ask his Eagles source about Favre…he replied “No I do my own work”