Farewell to Favre

The flags are half mast in Hayward today -- the gipper has retired.
My 19 year old son, Ryan, said that he has never seen a Packer game without Brett Favre at the helm. It's sure going to be different now, and poor Rogers has some huge shoes to fill.

After pondering over what made Favre such a great champion, here are a few sentimental observations:

1) He Showed up to Play Every Sunday.
Regardless of what was happening in his life (i.e. his father's death and his wife's cancer), he still found a way to get to the game on time.

2) He Played Through the Hurts.
I've watched just about every Packer game since Favre's debut. I've seen him clobbered, hammered, hamstrung, smashed, and boggled. Yet, Brett kept getting back on his feet again. Remember the year when he played half a season with a broken thumb? Somehow, the desire for victory was far greater than the physical pain.

3) He Took Risks and Made Plenty of Mistakes.
Not only does he hold the career touchdown record, he holds the interception record as well. You can't win big by playing it safe. Consider the turtle, who makes no progress until he sticks his neck out. Brett stuck his neck out all the time.
On countless occasions, I've seen him do something crazy, and yelled, "NO!! NO!! DON'T DO THAT!!" But then, it's the crazy passes, completed as touchdowns which will go down in history as the greatest and most memorable.
4) After He Blew It, He Shook it Off.
Nothing could rattle his confidence. On the next set of downs after an interception, he'd throw deep (and crazy) again. Favre didn't allow failure to be final and always believed that setbacks are supposed to be followed by come-backs.
He never blamed others for his mistakes, and always took responsibility for losses on the field.

5) He Inspired the Team.
Brett always had a good word of encouragement for the younger guys around him. I remember when Ryan Longwell, as a rookie kicker, muffed an easy field goal against the Eagles, and lost the game. The crowd booed. Favre went over to his dejected teammate and said, "Hey, don't worry about it. It's not your fault. We lost this thing together."

6) He Kept Smiling.
The thing I appreciated most about Brett Favre was his enthusiasm and love for football. Most of the time, he really enjoyed himself and was glad to be there (There were a few exceptions, such as the ice bowl in Chicago, but normally, he'd grin for at least three quarters, anyhow!) Brett's lighthearted spirit was contagious. Win or lose, it was still a good game.

7) He Didn't Quit Until the Clock Ran Out.
Many players give up when the tide turns against them, but not Brett Favre! He played his heart out every second of every down in the game. Perhaps that's why he led his team to so many last second comeback victories.
I think pastors could learn a thing or two from the old quarterback.

So long, Brett! Thanks for the beautiful memories. You've been a part of our family for a long time,


Keetha said…
I've been waiting for this post ever since I heard on my way home from school (through a LOT of ice, btw) that Brett was retiring.

How are all you Wisconians coping with this news?

He will go down in the history books as a football icon
Anonymous said…
great post
Anonymous said…
Great post! I hope you'll forward it on to Brett, as he deserves the recognition. The trait I appreciated most in him was his faithfulness and integrity. He said he would stay with the team, and he was true to his word. He had made a commitment and he played, played hard, to the very end. Hmmm...might there be a good life lesson in there for all of us?
Sue B.
Steve Gerich said…
I feel like the little boy in the old western classic "Shane" saying "Brett....come back....Brett....we need you....come back"
utech said…
awesome post Mark!
Dale Argot said…
I'll agree with what everyone else said here and also congratulations, your post was picked up by www.mondaymorninginsight.com. It was cool seeing a link to somebody I really knew. Hopefully, we'll be seeing each other at a FLAME later this year. Blessings...Dale

P.S. Go Eagles!
Keetha said…
Who are the Eagles, Dale?

Anonymous said…
Thanks for the post! I have enjoyed watching Brett ever since he first started with the Pack. I think the best part was the love he had for the game. It was like watching a little kid - he grinned, threw snowballs and just had fun! His love of the game shined through - and his goodbye was typical Brett - love and praise for his team and God. Great job.
Greetings In The Lord! It is great that many of the attributes that Brett displayed could be used by Christians but the question is, Is Brett a born again believer in Jesus Christ. That is far more than anything he has accomplished in life and on the football field. I pray he is. I've watched Brett a long time and never hear him give credit to Jesus for his accomplishments. Maybe I'm missing something here. A close pastor friend put this on his website. I'm sure glad he did so i could write you today. I don't know if you will print this but if you want a good Christian website to go to daily for inspiration, prayer, and music go to www.shekinnahop.com.
Love In Christ
Rev. Raleigh F. Adams

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