Jason Campbell's Conversation With Favre
Since their families live in the same Mississippi neighborhood, during his one or two yearly visits home, Jason Campbell will occasionally stop by Brett Favre's place to do a little fishing.
"I always ask when I'm down there, just because it's private, I don't want to be bothering him," Campbell said Thursday. "But when I'm home, me and my dad kind of go out there and fish."
This year, Campbell mom and girlfriend tagged along, and they were all getting ready to leave when Favre rolled up. And so instead of leaving, they all sat around for an hour or so and talked, as ESPN.com's Matt Mosley reported earlier this week. They talked about the area's upcoming high school football stars. They talked about how Campbell's dad had been a substitute teacher for Favre's daughter last year--"He was talking about how nice [Favre's] daughter was, how down to earth she was," the younger Campbell recalled. And Favre talked about Campbell's unusual offseason, and how the younger quarterback should respond.
"We were all out there just chilling. We didn't even talk about anything with him coming back; we just talked about everything that happened with me this offseason," Campbell said. "We were just talking about the whole situation, everything that went down. I'm not gonna get into what we talked about, but he was just giving me advice....Just talking, shooting the breeze about stuff, throwing out ideas."
In fact, Campbell said he talked to about a half-dozen NFL QBs in the offseason, and all of their advice was fairly similar.
"It was all positive, all good advice," he said. "Some of them said there were things that they had gone through early in their career, when they're going through different changes. Every time you go through a change, everyone wants to change you and mold you into the person they want you to be, and it's tough. It's tough when you're not running the same offense, but they were like, 'The more and more you're in the same offense, the more and more your abilities come out, and the more and more the guys around you get it too.'
"They were just talking about staying positive, not letting it get to you, understanding the nature of the NFL business or any professional business. Always keep pushing forward, and understand that at the end of the day, people are gonna mold you and change you, accept it, but at the same time don't forget about some of the things that made you who you are."
More importantly, I wondered, had Favre fed him the line about being the toilet paper being flushed down the toilet.
"No no no, that was just something I thought of myself," Campbell said.
And why doesn't Favre ever visit the Campbell ranch in the offseason?
"I ain't got that kind of money," Campbell said.
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