So my main man, Brett Favre, retires AGAIN. But this time most people, like myself, think this is for real.
When most successful players retire, people usually have good things to say. But Favre has always been more complicated than that. With everything that happened starting from last offseason, folks are bashing Favre right about now.
“He should’ve stayed retired as a Packer last year”
“He’s old and can’t play anymore”
I’m not here to argue with those points. I’m here to praise him for his career. Without him, I’m not the avid football fan that I am today.
The reason why? Well, if you like my blog and think I’m the football goddess I claim to be, then thank Brett Lorenzo Favre for that (I’m kidding, by-the-way… well, kinda lol). I started becoming interested in the game because of him.
Football is in my blood. My grandfather played football, my father was a high school standout that after college, had former Chiefs coach Hank Stram call him personally to ask him to join the practice squad. So the love of the sport runs deep in my family.
However, I was a “late bloomer” with my genetic ties to the sport. Whenever I tried to get my grandfather and father to teach me what was going on, they would usually get frustrated with me and I would always say, “Forget it then…..” and walk away.
The Baltimore Colts left town when I was 4 1/2 years old, so I had no real connection to football.
But here comes this guy that wears #4 for the green and gold team with fans wearing cheeseheads. I can remember Brett Favre on my TV screen, and saying to myself, “Who IS that guy??? He’s a rebel… I like him”.
I didn’t know much about him. I thought his name was pronounced “Fav-ray”, like they way it’s spelled. But once I got to know him from a football perspective, I fell in love with the game and they way he played. I wanted to know more.
The very first Super Bowl that I actually paid attention to was SB XXXI, between the Packers and Patriots.
My favorite moment of Favre’s? When his dad passed away and he played the next night against the Oakland Raiders throwing for 4 TDs and 399 yards. Best performance I’ve ever seen under such horrible circumstances. I can still hear his postgame interview like it happened yesterday, “I knew that my dad would have wanted me to play. I love him so much and I love this game. It’s meant a great deal to me, to my dad, to my family, and I didn’t expect this kind of performance. But I know he was watching tonight.”
He has a gunslinger mentality that is frowned upon.
He holds the NFL record for interceptions.
He once had an issue with pain killer addiction.
And at times me made the craziest throws to make you wonder what was going on in his head when he threw that.
We can discuss for days what Favre did wrong, but he’s also done a whole lot that was right. I’m here to celebrate Favre. No matter how you feel about him, most will agree that he played with passion that was seen by few.
Never have I seen a player make ME want to get on the field as much as Brett Favre did. He’ll be looked at as an NFL great, and rightfully so.
Here are a few of my favorite Favre moments throughout his career.
See you in Canton in 5 years, Brett. Thank you for everything! You will be missed!!