Rusty Favre Gets Standing O in Vikes Debut

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 21, 2009 10:10 PM CDT
Minnesota Vikings fans head into the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome before Friday's game; there were plenty of Brett Favre No. 4 jerseys in the house.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – What was once unthinkable became reality tonight under the big white top of the Metrodome—Brett Favre received a standing ovation in Minnesota. Long considered the most dastardly of villains in Minnesota sports, Favre's decision to sign with the Vikings has instantly turned him into the state's white knight and the team's key to a Super Bowl run.

After spurning coach Brad Childress's initial advances, Favre signed with the Vikings on Tuesday and, three days later, started the preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He went 1 for 4 for 4 yards in two series and was welcomed with open arms by a Vikings fan base that used to despise him like no other during his 16 seasons with the rival Green Bay Packers.