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Updated: September 11th, 2012 6:26pm
Brett Favre felt bad Donovan McNabb ended up playing for Vikings

Brett Favre felt bad Donovan McNabb ended up playing for Vikings

by Judd Zulgad
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Brett Favre's two-year stint with the Minnesota Vikings went from magical in 2009 to near nightmare status in 2010.

Favre guided the Vikings to a 12-4 record in 2009 and an appearance in the NFC Championship Game where they lost to to New Orleans in overtime. The following season, the Vikings went 6-10 as Favre struggled and the coach Brad Childress was fired.

However, new coach Leslie Frazier believed the Vikings could still win in 2011 and pushed to bring in another veteran quarterback, Donovan McNabb, in a trade with Washington. The Vikings started 1-5 with McNabb at quarterback before he was benched in favor of rookie Christian Ponder.

McNabb, who was released in early December, said this week during an appearance on the "Double Coverage" podcast with Steve Wyche and Mark Kriegel at that he talked with Favre after being let go and received sympathy from his fellow QB.

"He said, 'I felt bad that you went over there' and I kind of understood where he was going, what he meant," McNabb said. "You know, I asked him why, because they went to the NFC Championship two years prior to when I got there. And he felt like they gave all that they had in order to achieve everything that they achieved.

"Now, they had some breaks. They had some lucky breaks. Some of the passes Brett threw, just a tipped ball went for a touchdown, they beat Dallas after Dallas had beat us in Philly twice. Then all of the sudden they get to the NFC Championship, and if Brett doesn't throw that pass, it's a whole new different dilemma now."

McNabb, of course, is talking about the pass Favre threw late in the fourth quarter against the Saints in the NFC title game when he attempted to force a pass into Sidney Rice and had the ball picked off by the Saints' Tracy Porter at the New Orleans 22-yard line.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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