The Brett Favre scandal isn't the only off-field storyline heading into tonight's edition of Monday Night Football. The game will hardly be a symbol of the commissioner's bid to clean up the NFL.
1945: Charley Trippi was a University of Georgia halfback drafted by the Chicago Cardinals. The prize catch in a bidding war between the NFL and the All-America Football Conference, which led to his signing a four-year $100,000 contract with the Chicago Cardinals (the precursors of today's Arizona Cardinals). … During the course of his NFL career, he switched from halfback to quarterback and back to halfback, before finishing as a defensive player. … Turned in a sensational performance in the 1947 championship game, rushing for 206 rushing yards while wearing sneakers for better traction on a frozen field. The 28-21 victory over Philadelphia marked the only time the Cardinals ever won an NFL title.
For New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, defeat of Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl confirms his place as one of the top quarterbacks in the game.
Super Bowl XLIV will be one of the closest, highest-scoring Super Bowls ever, given the Saints' and Colts' air games.
The Saints' run to the Super Bowl has come to symbolize New Orleans' post-Katrina revival. The result has been a party not seen for generations – even in the city that calls Mardi Gras home.
Brett Favre's crucial interception in Sunday's NFC championship game ended a season in which the Minnesota Vikings quarterback has been both lauded and loathed.
The future Hall of Famer signed for the Vikings Tuesday. Money and a potential Super Bowl are factors, but he also apparently can't bear the thought of retirement.