Minnesota's Brett Favre walked to the podium wearing his usual baseball cap and workout shorts, taking a quick gulp of water to chase the peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich he was trying to wolf down.
Yes, the old quarterback sure seemed to be living in the moment yesterday, as preparations for Sunday's NFC divisional playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys ramped up for Favre and the Vikings. He was gregarious, expressing excitement about his 23rd postseason appearance and the possibility of returning to a Super Bowl with his new team.
"That's the only reason I came back," Favre said.
So will he come back - again? That's always the question with the NFL's all-time leading passer.
He's under contract for another year, after all. Plus, adding 33 touchdown passes to just seven interceptions this season equals an awfully effective 40-year-old.
If Favre has already been wrestling with his decision about the 2010 season, he's not letting on.
"Honestly, I see us sitting here next week having this press conference again," Favre said, anticipating a Vikings victory over the Cowboys and an advancement to the NFC Championship Game. "If that doesn't happen, to me it will be a shock. So I just haven't thought about what next year will be like, or what I will be doing next week."
Cowboys coach Wade Phillips has beaten Favre before, in 2007 with Dallas and also after the 2002 season when he was Atlanta's defensive coordinator.
But Phillips isn't about to live in the past.
"He's had so many big games and won so many big games, put the team on his back so many times," Phillips said of Favre. "He just has great experience, and everybody has seen what a great player he is. And he's come back and played probably just as well as he ever played this year. So he's in top form."
Favre wondered aloud in August whether he'd make it through all 16 games, especially uncertain about his surgically repaired right arm.
Vikings coach Brad Childress said last week's bye helped Favre and the rest of the Vikings.
"I can see a spunkiness," Childress said, "which is what you want this time of year. Guys that are bright-eyed, mentally and physically."
In other news, the Vikings plan to move cornerback Antoine Winfield back to the outside for parts Sunday's game.
Winfield's right foot injury prompted the Vikings to reduce his role in the regular-season finale against the New York Giants. He was replaced in the lineup by Benny Sapp and took the slot position in the nickel defense package for that game.
Childress said that Winfield "seems to be pretty comfortable," 3 months after he first got hurt.
* Indianapolis Colts receiver Pierre Garcon says he has not heard from many of his relatives in Haiti, a day after the Caribbean nation was devastated by an earthquake. Garcon says many relatives, including aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, live near the capital of Port-Au-Prince. As of yesterday he said "we still have not heard much from them and my mom is still trying to call them."
Meanwhile, the Colts, who host Baltimore Saturday night, donated $10,000 to relief efforts.
* New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer reportedly has turned down the Buffalo Bills' request to interview him for their vacant head coaching job. ESPN.com, citing anonymous sources, reported that Schottenheimer told the Bills he does not want to talk to them about the position this week or after the Jets' playoff run is over.
New York plays at San Diego on Sunday in the AFC divisional round.