Sunday 18 February 2018

Veteran Favre banking on experience

Brett Favre hopes to take the Minnesota Vikings to their first Super Bowl since 1977 with victory in tomorrow's NFC title game away to the New Orleans Saints.

Veteran quarterback Favre is in his first season in Minnesota after making another retirement U-turn last year.

The 40-year-old's two previous Super Bowl appearances came during his 17 seasons with the Vikings' bitter NFC North rivals the Green Bay Packers, including his lone championship in 1997.

"I hope the experience I have in these games will help," said Favre.

"That's not to say I don't get nervous and stressed and all those things, but I try to keep not only myself but the other guys calm and relaxed. It's OK to be excited, but (it's important) to be able to focus."

Standing in the Vikings' way are the top-seeded Saints, who boast the NFL's most potent offence but have never been to the Super Bowl.

Quarterback Drew Brees was in brilliant form throughout the NFC South champions' 13-3 regular season campaign.

New Orleans star running-back Reggie Bush's celebrity girlfriend Kim Kardashian has suggested the pair might get engaged if the Saints win the Super Bowl, but the player is staying focused.

"The only ring I'm thinking about is a championship ring," he said.

New Orleans Saints v Minnesota Vikings, Live, Sky Sports 1, tomorrow, 11.30pm

Irish Independent

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