Monday, October 25, 2010

on Brett Favre

So, Brett Favre.

I thought about writing this blog last weekend, and then I held back because I wasn't sure if I could articulate my thoughts well enough to make sense outside of my head.

... but here I am. The Packers/Vikings game is playing out on the tv in front of me, and I can't help but think about Brett Favre.

I think any discussion on Brett Favre needs to include an acknowledgement of his football career. Fact: Brett Favre is a heck of a football player. As of last weekend, he's thrown over 500 career touchdowns. Five hundred. That's over 3,000 points. Love him or hate him, that is an unbelievable statistic. He's played for more than twenty seasons, most notably, duh, for the Packers. In a way I think that the Packers and Brett Favre are like a circular function - they each kind of define each other.

Perhaps it's because I have a soft spot for the Pack (don't ask me why - I blame one side of my family for this strange affinity for Wisconsin), but I've always liked Brett Favre. He's a good football player, yeppers, but my weakness for him probably has more to do with his wholesome-ish persona. Though I know he's actually not a lifelong Midwesterner, he looks like the kind of guy you might see running by Lake Michigan, or coaching a Xavier game. For goodness sakes he's played for the Green Bay Packers, and while not a slouch-y team, I'd argue they don't have the sexy factor that other teams have (Tom Brady/Patriots I'm looking at you). Kind of like the Midwest. Not splashy, just steady. Hardworking. Earnest.

I associate terms like those - positive terms - with who I think Brett Favre to be. Married for over a decade to (gasp!) the mother of his children, Catholic. Much like Kurt Warner, I've thought Brett Favre to be a family man, a devoted husband and father.

The sex-allegations of the past few weeks have truly surprised me. Perhaps they shouldn't have, given the scandals that have rocked professional sports over the past year- but for some reason I really never pictured Brett Favre being involved in any kind of scandal, particularly one of a sexual nature.


When doing a little research for this post, I discovered that he's been addicted to painkillers in the past. That he's a recovering alcoholic. I had no idea.


And you know, maybe we don't know the whole story. I certainly have no idea what his life is like off the field - most of us don't. I hope for his wife's sake that these are unfounded allegations, but I also hope for my own sake (pardon the dramatics). I want to keep liking Brett Favre, and I hope he didn't do anything to jeopardize his own legacy. (You know, more than he has the past three seasons).

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