"He didn't want to run by someone, he wanted to feel them," says tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. "I guess they felt him."
If the Vikings' first game of the season was supposed to be a test of Favre's arm, leadership and place in the locker room, Peterson reminded all parties that he remains the team's locomotive regardless of who's at the controls. On the Monday before the opener, Favre addressed his teammates about his decision to sign with Minnesota, including the on-again, off-again summer dance that resulted in some tension among the Vikes.
"All of the stuff that went on prior to training camp and up until I signed, I wanted to address," Favre said a couple of days later. "I felt like it came across well because it was from the heart."
Says Peterson, "It's good that he did that, but he didn't have to do it for me. It's hard to think that somebody in the locker room wouldn't want Favre as their quarterback, but there probably is somebody. I already know why he's here. It's the same reason [I'm here]. Anybody else thinking otherwise, they don't need to be in there."
Peterson has clearly hit his stride—in the backfield, in the locker room, on Madison Avenue—but his influence extends only so far. After some deliberation, the Vikings' public relations staff advised Peterson not to try to talk that boyfriend into marriage, lest the union fail and Peterson be blamed.
Carrying a 39-year-old quarterback and a talented offense to a Super Bowl will have to suffice.