Who is the greatest QB ever? This debate could go on for eternity; from Elway, Young, Montana, Manning, Marino, Brady, to Brett Favre. All of this is inconsequential though in the grand scheme of it all. When I woke up this morning, and saw that Number 4 was hanging up the cleats, a part of me felt sad. This is a man, whom, much like many of the rest of us, had his issues. A man with admitted drinking and drug problems. A man whom, on so many occasions, other men and women could look at, and feel like he was just another dude.
This is also a man whom, this past season, broke many NFL passing records. Records in passing yards, touchdowns, and wins by a quarterback. Favre won a Super Bowl, not to mention 3 MVP’s, IN A FREAKING ROW!!!
All these aforementioned things though, were secondary thoughts in my mind this morning when I heard he retired. His retirement made me think of the early beginings of the Bucs climb out of the cellar of NFL franchises. It made me think of the rivalry that him and Warren Sapp had with each other. Everyone must remember, that Sapp, is by many accounts, a freaking asshole!! When these two grown men got together on the football field though, they had nothing but admiration for each other. Sapp would hit Favre, get up, talk shit and smile. What would Favre do, talk shit back!!! Grown men, just like many of us, living the dream, showing mutual respect for another man at the top of his profession. We were divison rivals with the Pack, but in all honesty, I have never disliked them. One and only reason for that though, Favre.
In a day and age of athletes leaving the wrong impression on not only our youth, but the adults who will ultimately remember them, Brett Favre retires an icon to me. Thanks Brett.