Brett Favre: Weigh In

Brett Favre’s contributions have less to do with personal records and Packer wins than the way he helped us all to recapture that humble and youthful enthusiasm for the game and life in general. What an AMAZING ride we have had with Brett all these years. And how many lessons he’s taught us with his superstar virtue and character. In a professional sports world which had become more about “business,” cheating and inflated egos, Favre kept that sweet innocense that seemed to purify the “game” all over again everytime he ran out onto the field.

But his greatest contribution will always be about how he helped our children to take the right view in all areas of life, including sports. We were blessed to live with a legend, and we may never pass this way again.

For the Packers organization to sweep all this under the carpet and fall victim to the worldly way of taking the “business” view, is disappointing, to say the least.

I believe every consideration takes a back seat to whatever Brett wants. “What’s good for the organization” should not have a place high on the totem pole.

It borders on silly to even blink an eye in the face of Brett Favre wanting to return. Whatever you want, Brett.  And, THANKS again!

What say you?

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10 Responses to Brett Favre: Weigh In

  1. Richard McKellar says:

    There is no doubt about the great contributions Brett and his family have made on and off the field. However, Bret should have given a more definite answer as to retiring shortly after their loss in the championship game. Perhaps he was too disappointed at and hurt at the time to do so and I believe the Packers never pressured him to retire, it was Brett’s own decision for the good of the team.

    There are many who might feel the Packers have dealt with Brett unfairly. Football, unfortunately is all about business because it has to be. Football is also a team sport. The coaching staff made significant decisions drafting players and preparing for a season without Brett in their plans which cannot be easily changed or discarded.

    What about being fair with Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the team?
    I think the biggest thing I have learned is that Brett is only human like the rest of us. We would love to see him play again but I do not believe he is being slighted by the Packers. It is reasonable and fair to let him sit on the bench and make him compete with the other quarterbacks to regain his job. I am fairly sure he will not be released by the Packers and he may not be traded very easily.

    I think the saddest thing that can happen is if he is forced to stay in retirement and due to his own refusal to win back his job. That is what happened to Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions, who was perhaps one of the greatest running backs ever.

    I have always regarded Brett as having the greatest amount of humility and good sportsmanship but in this case I think he may be being a little more selfish which is really sad. I believe this whole situation could have been easily resolved if either the Packers or even more so in Brett’s case there are times we must allow our “yes to be yes” and our “no to be no” as Jesus has taught us and which was reaffirmed in the book of James.

  2. mercyknight says:

    Richard …

    You are right about Brett’s humility. I would even include his high regard for human nature. Which is why I beleive Brett’s reaction is one of being stunned by the selfishness and cold, business-like approach the Packers are approaching this situation. Who could’ve guessed? Unless one has surrendered to the realization that “football is all about business.”

    Brett, naively, never believed that, which was why he could enter into each game with the child-like hope and enthusiasm he did.

    Brett Favre spent his career trying to keep it from becoming a cold, impersonal business, and it is “the business” that is blithely dismissing Brett’s appeals.

  3. Joe Leone says:

    At the risk of getting pilloried, the Packers are doing the right thing. Brett is acting like a flake and his agent is playing a very cynical public relations campaign. “What’s best for the team?” is always the critical question, even where Brett Favre is considered.

    My biggest disappointment was when Favre was asked by a reporter “Should you have to compete with Aaron Rodgers for the starting QB job?” Brett’s reply was “Why?” The question was again repeated and Brett answered “Why?” That’s not humility. That’s hubris.

    On the subject of football – Favre should retire while he can still walk straight. (He should have a little chit-chat with Joe Namath or Joe Theismann on that score.) On the business end, it is a business – the Pack will not unconditionally release Favre and they won’t trade him. And that’s the way it must be.

  4. mercyknight says:

    Hi Joe,

    WOW! Remind me never to get on your bad side 😉

  5. Lyons says:

    I can’t believe this conversation — Favre?!? — made Mary’s Anawim.

    I know this is Wisconsin, but will we be talking about Heath Ledger’s performance as Joker next, or Angelina Jolie’s twins?

    (Yes I’m a Bears fan.)

  6. I just got back to civilaization from Africa, and I don’t know what you are all talking about, but if Brett wants to play – what is the problem?

    If hubris is the problem, perhaps both sides are guilty.

    In any case, I also wonder what this is doing on Mary’s Anawim (which, by the way, I believe is a tremendous resource – thank you Father Rick) but let’s leave our judgements to the side and pray for all involved. God can make all things new – and write straight with crooked lines, so what this topic, and all our issues for that matter, need most is prayer.

    To God (and not Brett or the Packers) be the glory.

  7. mercyknight says:

    Welcome back Mr. Mountain Climber!

    I like to keep people off-gaurd every once in a while, so I added a bit of contrast with this Favre post. Of course it smashed the record for “views in one day,” along with “most comments.” There goes Brett breaking records again.

  8. Armchair Quarterback says:

    Fr. Rick, thank you very much for sharing your view regarding Brett and his family’s impact on football; and, most importantly as you stated his contribution to our children’s view of sports and life.

    Fr. Rick – I add that Deanna Favre made a large contribution to the meaning of family support during the glory times as well as difficult times in marriage and life. Deanna Catholic faith and her commitment to that faith and Brett are exemplary as she honestly (I believe honestly) shared in her book – Don’t Count Me Out. We are blessed to live in the era of Brett and his family; and, their graciousness in sharing their personal lives and, now, the big business aspect of professional sports.

    The most responses to this blog could be credited to the fact that you are the “expert “in divinity and your word is revered. However, in WI football we all become armchair quarterbacks.

    Respectfully,

  9. Since we’re on the topic of Favre. Pierre Favre (Peter Faber in English) was one of the earliest in the band of friends who became the Society of Jesus, known of course as the Jesuits. Favre was a friend of St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Francis Xavier. He was from a farm family and was a shepherd in his youth. He also taught catechism to children, was a great preacher, and helped revitalize the laity. The Pope wanted him to be the Patriarch of Ethiopia and to represent the Holy See as a theologians at the Council of Trent but his poor health prevented him from taking on either of these responsibilities. He had a great devotion to the angels. He died of natural causes in Rome in 1546 and was declared Blessed Pierre Favre in 1872. Alright lads, that should help tie it all together now!! (Thanks to the Patron Saint Index for the info)

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