Posted at 7:33 PM on November 3, 2008
by David Zingler
Football fans and pundits everywhere were wondering what Daunte Culpepper was thinking when he "retired" two months ago. The former Pro Bowl QB had acted as his own agent since leaving the Vikings in 2006 and when he passed on offers from the Packers and Steelers this summer, you had to think the 31-year-old had lost touch with reality.
Maybe Culpepper knew what he was doing all along. When the erstwhile Vikings star was on the market, he was labeled as "washed up" and "damaged goods". After he retired however, Culpepper became much more intriguing. When Tom Brady went down on opening day, ESPN analyst and former teammate Cris Carter quickly recommended Culpepper as a replacement.
In late October Culpepper predictably un-retired and immediately drew interest. He even cancelled a visit to Kansas City before heading to Detroit and inking a two-year deal (Green Bay and Pittsburgh's offers were for one-year). Now, he could start for the Lions this Sunday against Jacksonville.
Sure the Lions are 0-8, but the bar is low and Culpepper is back in the division he knows best with a Randy Moss-like receiver in Calvin Johnson to throw to. I've never bought into the conventional wisdom that said Daunte was done. This may be his rebirth.
The Vikings visit Motown on December 7, stay tuned....
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dante... i remember watching the game when he blew out his knee. on that play he ran with it, as he is wont to do, and he got himself a first down. i was yelling at the screen, "slide! slide! slide!" sure enough, he eventually got nailed. as soon as i saw it, i knew it was bad news. the network immediately went to commercial after that play. sure enough, when they came back, dante was still down and surrounded by trainers.
dante was an amazing quarterback. his 2004 season would have been legendary if it had not been over shadowed by the ridiculous season manning had. i've always felt that dante's gotten the short end of the stick (not counting the above mentioned play). i can only hope that he can make something of himself in detroit.
godspeed, mr. culpepper.
sorry... it's daUnte.