MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 03: Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings calls out the play in the huddle in the second quarter against the New York Giants on January 3, 2010 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Giants 44-7. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Near the end of Fox's broadcast of last Sunday's Cowboys-Vikings game, a camera found its way into the victorious Minnesota locker room to document a strange and, kind of funny, tableau. Quarterback Brett Favre--AKA the Silver Fox--stood amidst his teammates belting out the now-famous (or infamous, depending on who you ask) "Pants On The Ground," as popularized on American Idol by 62-year-old Larry Platt.
Favre opted for some self-deprecation when asked about his rendition.
“It’s not like that song has a lot of words to it,” Favre said. “It’s ‘Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, looking like a fool’--which I was. That’s why I left that out (the rest of the words) because I said 'it’s bad enough.'”
To be fair, there is just a bit more to the viral hit, including this deftly illustrative verse: "With the gold in your mouth/ Hat turned sideways/ Pants hit the ground/ Call yourself a cool cat/Lookin' like a fool/ Walkin' downtown with your pants on the ground!"
But teammates and fans were quick to forgive Favre's incomplete version, which, given what Favre has brought to the team this season, is understandable. Further, the video of Favre's version, which is now a YouTube staple much in the style of its inspiration, has been wholly embraced by Vikes fans, with shirts alluding to the song going into print a short time after the initial video aired on Fox.
“Just for him to know the one or two lines that he knew is still marvelous,” said guard Artis Hicks.
"It’s fun to see him enjoying it as much we’re enjoying him," Longwell said. "We’ve got a fun group, and (Sunday) the cameras just caught some of the stuff that we do behind the scenes.”