Childress sees familiar face, hears familiar questions
Halfway around the world, Brad Childress didn’t figure to run into anyone he knew during the USO tour he’s on with other NFL coaches.
But as he unloaded flak jackets on an air base in Afghanistan, 30 miles from Kabul, he greeted soldiers, extending his hand and introducing himself. The Minnesota Vikings coach had the hand of one soldier for a few seconds before he realized it was his son, Andrew, who is a lance corporal in the Marines and was brought to the base for the special occasion.
“Honest to God, I had him by the hand and I didn't realize who I was looking at until ..." Childress told Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I couldn't believe it. I had no idea that was going to happen. We were in one spot and he's in another. Somehow they pulled it off."
Childress was thrown off because his son – who he didn’t expect to see until December – had grown a mustache.
"It was emotional as hell," Childress said. "It was just a great feeling holding him in my arms."
That familiar meeting followed a familiar storyline that has been with Childress throughout his journey. Everyone wants to know about Brett Favre and whether the 40-year-old quarterback is going to make a return with the Vikings this season for a 20th NFL season. He says he’s been asked “thousands” of times about it. His response?
“You know what? That's part of my (day) job,” Childress said. “I'm going to do that when I get home.”
When he gets home, he can check with Favre to see how the throwing program is going at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Miss.
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