Jack Black's character in "High Fidelity" asked John Cusack's "Is it, in fact, unfair to criticize a formerly great artist for his latter day sins?" While the question was about Stevie Wonder, it translates very well to athletes, especially Brett Favre.
Favre was pretty much loved around the league 10 years ago. The only people who didn't like him were Bears, Vikings and Lions fans. Fast forward 10 years, multiple retirements, a potential sexting scandal (still waiting for that penis lineup) and miserable final season, and there seem to be a lot more haters than lovers out there.
The best example of a Favre critic is Swan. We were having a pizza a Burgh's when he said, "I hope his career ends with him being suspended. I hate him." He even went as far as to say the team is better with Tavaris Jackson at quarterback, which seems absurd, but is a legit argument with how terrible Favre has been this season.
|Packers fans hate him now, but they'll be |
retiring his number in the near future.
I already knew that Swan was sick of Favre and disliked him for all of the career waffling he did. But hearing him make such a statement with sincerity still caught me off guard.
Up until the whole Jenn Sterger controversy, I was a Favre fan. I forgave him for the whole retirement charades because I thought the media and Vikings were just as much to blame as him. And 5 years from now, I will remember Favre for the way he played the game. It's like the way I play "Madden". Like my little avatar in "Madden", Favre throws ill-advised passes, goes for broke and has a good time. Sometimes it cost his team the game and made him look terrible, other times it made him a hero. I appreciate that style and enjoy watching it.
He also seemed to have fun playing the game, which every professional athlete should. It pissed me off to no end when Jeff Kent told reporters that baseball wasn't fun, it was just his job. The man is getting paid millions to play a game, if that's not fun he must be the most miserable man alive.
I'll also remember Favre as the guy who played in 297 consecutive regular season games. Sure, he probably should have sat out quite a few in that time, but I respect the toughness it takes to keep getting back up and earning your paycheck.
And as good as the Packers were for the majority of Favre's career, how many Hall of Fame receivers was he throwing to as he lit the league on fire? Any?
My point is that I'll remember Favre for all the great plays he made and how much fun he was to watch. I won't remember the interception in last year's NFC Championship game. Well, at least not before I remember how terrible his line played and how many fumbles his teammates had. I probably won't remember that he may have sent pictures of his junk to a woman. Especially when you consider that the story leaked a little before a Playboy issue featuring Sterger was being released. And while I'll remember that he retired several times and took the Vikings hostage this year, it will be more of an afterthought.
So how will you remember Favre when he maybe retires for good at the end of this season?
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