I love Brett Favre. I’ve loved him since I was in middle school and got my first Favre poster (which said “Favre and Away”). If he smiled at me, I’d probably melt. I love him so much, I went out and got a pair of Wrangler jeans after another amazing performance last night and today I’m organizing a pick-up football game so I can play football wearing my new jeans and say “Wrangler jeans are a perfect fit for my lifestyle.”
In all seriousness, Favre has been my favorite NFL player for as a long as I can remember. I was as hurt and disappointed as anyone during the last two years when he played like Rex Grossman with Chad Pennington’s arm. For all the criticism he has got over the past two years mainly, there’s no arguing he is very enjoyable to watch.
Last night he showed again why is the best quarterback in the history of the NFL (at least until Brady and Manning are close to retirement, but even they haven’t won three straight MVP awards). If you didn’t enjoy last nights performance, you aren’t a football fan. There’s no better sight than Favre running to the endzone and tackling or carrying his wide receiver after a big touchdown catch. It’s been said a thousand times, but he just looks like a little kid out there playing the game he loves, and I love that.
No one gets more excited (Brady used to until he started acting like the Hoodie cutoff). And no one throws a prettier ball. I don’t know how the Packers wide receivers fingers don’t break on every pass.
Yes, Favre will throw interceptions, that’s the gunslinger in him, but he will make plays no other quarterback can make and he’s being doing it for 17 plus years.
I do find it funny that two years ago everyone had him washed up. Even after Week 6, some guys were saying he doesn’t have the arm anymore. It took awhile, but if you question/challenge Brett Favre, he’ll answer/show you up. I didn’t want him to retire either of the last two years. He couldn’t go out like that. That’s not Favre. He knew he still had something left and now, with a decent team around, he’s proving that. What’s even more amazing, everyone knows he has to throw it 50 times again since their running game is about as productive as the Browns was from 99-05.
My top three favorite Brett Favre moments are him taking off his helmet and running around the field after winning the Super Bowl. His MNF game the day after his dad died. And now, last night’s 82-yard perfectly thrown bomb to beat Denver in overtime. (It helped that I needed every point he earned to win my fantasy matchup)
So if anyone wants to join me in a tribute to Favre, go get a par of Wrangler jeans and meet me in the backyard. I’ll be the one slinging passes all over the place.