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    CANTON, OH - AUGUST 05: Michael Irvin makes a point during a Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Enshrinees Roundtable on August 5, 2007 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

    Michael Irvin has never been one to hold his tongue, so it should come as no surprise that he has an opinion on the return of Brett Favre, and that he will tell it to you if you ask, and maybe even if you don't.

    In a recent piece in USA Todaythe newest NFL Network analyst sounded off (among other topics) on the return of ESPN's favorite silver fox, saying what the network in Bristol never would.

    (Because, presumably, they were too busy pouring network resources into Favre's trip from the airport to the hotel. This is groundbreaking, Emmy-worthy stuff, people.)

    "It's time to speak the truth," Irvin said. "The reality, as we all know, is that we've all been enablers here. Never has a quarterback not gone to a full training camp and then gone to a Super Bowl. It's never happened and never will happen and I thank the football Gods it won't happen. … So don't tell me it's anybody's guess. We know what will happen. But we love Brett Favre so much we won't say it and it helped pressure Minnesota to get him."

    Irvin's comments reflect those of his former teammate, Troy Aikman, who vocalized some similar thoughts on Favre's late, and much over-publicized return, during a recent Fox telecast.