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The Cheese has officially been cut

March 5, 2008

Brett Favre

I opened up the morning paper today and when I got to the sports section, I was kicked in the head.

Brett Favre is apparently officially calling it quits.

I’m not a Packers fan- I’m really not a “fan” of any team. I have favorite players, but I’ve never lived nor died by any one particular team. I like Peyton Manning and my fantasy football stud Joseph Addai, but I’m not particularly a Colts fan. I always liked Walter Payton, but not the Bears. I liked John Elway, but not the Broncos. I liked Dan Marino, but not the Dolphins. I liked Terry Bradshaw but not the Steelers. I liked Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, but not the 49ers. (Well, okay, I liked the Niners a little, but not THAT much.)

I think you get my point.

Whether you like the Packers or not, this is a sad day for football. Brett Favre is a class act all the way. Yeah, he’s got a little bit of a swagger to him, but I think part of that comes from being a quarterback in the NFL. He’s not one of these “I’m above the game” kinds of jag-offs like several wide receivers and running backs out there are. (ahem *TerrellOwens-RandyMoss-ChadJohnson-ClintonPortis* ahem)

Favre never had any major “scandals” attached to him. True, there was the little squabble regarding Javon Walker a couple years back, and then the “will he or won’t he” stringalong job last off-season, but compared to the drugs, weapons, dog-fighting, domestic and/or sexual assault, murder, and other charges most of his cohorts wind up with, Favre’s a freakin’ choirboy. He played in about a bazillion games in a row, even while injured. He holds virtually every major QB record in football. He will be, at least in my opinion, a unanimous first-ballot HoF’er.

I’m sure all the Vikings, Bears, and Lions fans out there are probably ecstatic over knowing that now the NFC North is legitimately up for grabs. Provided, of course, the Bears get themselves a real quarterback… but even so, even fans of the Packers’ twice-yearly competition should take a moment and recognize what Favre meant to his team, to the division, and to the NFL in general.

I will treasure my green #4 jersey all that much more now.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2008 7:43 pm

    Early in his career, B-Favre was a renowned carouser and eventually got himself hooked on pills and Coors Light. He’s been clean ever since, which is another testament to his character.

  2. Marjorie permalink
    March 5, 2008 7:56 pm

    I don’t know that Favre retiring is going to help the Lions any. They need to get rid of Matt Millen (Sorry, Howie) and get a decent GM, players who understand the object of the game, and, finally, someone who can coach.

  3. Johann permalink
    March 6, 2008 8:32 am

    AnonCom: very true.

    Marjorie: Bring back Cookie Gilchrist!!!

  4. SpringfieldZebra permalink
    March 6, 2008 9:29 am

    Like you, I loved watching Brett Farve play football. He did have his detractors…does the term “Gunslinger” come to mind? But that was part of his charm. You could tell he loved playing the game. You could tell he always had fun playing.

    I, for one. will really miss watching #4 playing football.

  5. Johann permalink
    March 6, 2008 11:41 am

    No doubt. I loved his “Gunslinger”… persona… if you will.

    And even if you won’t.

    But you’re right- he did always seem to genuinely be having fun.

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