Brett Favre; the man, the myth, the actor

By: Sean Mathews

I like Brett Favre.  Still.  There’s something about the Nolan Ryan of football that I find endearing, so I’m going to take a different approach and instead of criticizing him, I’m going to laud him.  Never mind the recent “genital-gate” texting fiasco and how I question Jenn Sterger’s motives to stay relevant as an ex-playmate and fledgling reporter.  Just as there was something about Mary, there is something about Brett Favre.

I am a fan of history.  I remember the great disappointment of going to a Redskins Broncos game only to see the great John Elway stand on the sidelines.  Though a Redskins fan I am, I appreciate seeing great players in action – regardless of their team- and love the opportunity when they come to town.  Despite all that has happened in Favre’s career’s last gasps, a similar occurrence is happening Sunday.  Skins fans have an opportunity to see one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play the game.

I know people are sick of Favre, but I have great empathy towards his desire to remain in the game.  He loves the sport.  How can anyone dislike a man for trying to remain in a career he loves?  Yes, he probably should have retired a while ago, and yes, the press was slightly annoying.  I’m not going to knock him for doing what he loves though.  So here’s a toast to Brett Favre. In honor of the man who has been playing since I was 11, let’s take a trip down memory lane and see what was happening in the world the year the Iron Man of football first trotted on the field as an Atlanta Falcon.  The year was 1991. 

The United States authorized the use of military force to liberate Kuwait in what would become Operation Desert Storm.

Dr. Jack Kevorkian was barred from performing assisted suicides.

The beating of Rodney King sparks wide-spread riots.

Comedy Central first comes onto the air.

Boris Yeltsin is the first elected President of Russia, the Warsaw pact dissolves, Soviet Union collapses and the Cold War slowly draws to an end.

Sonic the Hedgehog makes his debut for Sega Genesis.

Freddie Mercury of Queen dies as a result of AIDS.

Clarence Thomas is sworn in to the Supreme Court.

Magic Johnson announces he has HIV and effectively retires.

Little House on the Prairie star Michael Landon passes away from pancreatic cancer.

Paul Reubens, AKA Pee Wee Herman is arrested for indecent exposure.  Mike Tyson is arrested for rape.

Nirvana releases the hit song “Smells like Teen Spirit” while The Silence of the Lambs takes the Oscar for best picture.

So again, cheers to the man who has been playing since the end of the Cold War, through two Iraq wars and countless scandals other than his own.  A man who has played while George Bush the elder was still in office and the internet had yet take a strangle-hold on the world. I doubt we will ever have someone remain in the game as long as he has or at least remain as potent.  The Redskins should not discount the old man because even still, Favre manages to conjure up some magic when least expected.  Love him or hate him, take the opportunity to watch a legend in his last year.  And yes, add actor to Favre’s resume for his cameo in There’s something about Mary.

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