Like Sands Through The Are The Favre Stories in Our Life

Southern CheeseheadCorrespondent IJune 11, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 23:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the New York Jets celebrates on the field during the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on November 23, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Everyone keeps saying how sick they are of hearing about Favre, but yet so many people comment, talk about it, read, listen and have an opinion.  If you're so sick of it then why give it the time of day? 

I'll tell you why you do...he's Brett Favre.  He's a Cinderella story - grew up in a small town where his dad coached, went to a small university not known for football, married his high school sweetheart and was eventually "discovered" after sitting the bench as 3rd string in the NFL.  I don't know if he was discovered as much as someone just saw his grit and tenacity and liked it, but either way it's the story of small town boy becomes hero, the big time franchise QB, future Hall of Famer, arguably the face of the NFL for years.  He speaks his mind, doesn't dodge controversy, people love him, people hate him, some idolize him, others love to hate him, most respect his abilities and bottom line for all the media coverage - he sells.  There's no need in over analyzing it - he just sells. 

He's a competitor and simply loves the game and people can relate to him.  Early on he hated the limelight but had no choice except live his life and mistakes in the public eye.  I think now he's gotten used to the attention and he's learned to embrace it...even long for it.  But can you blame him?  I can fathom being a nobody from nowhere-ville because that's pretty much who I am.  But what I have a hard time wrapping my brain around is what it's like to be that and then all of a sudden get thrown onto a huge stage and have success after success just doing what you love to the point that people throw millions at you to do it as a job.  People start asking for your autograph and talking about what you said after a game - no one gave him lessons on any of this and I'm quite sure from evidence of the past few years that he wasn't a PR major at Southern Miss.

Give the guy a break and respect what he's done on the field, what he's done for the game and for all those little kids playing pee wee football in nowhere-ville.  He has given those kids hope that they could grow up and be the next Brett Favre.  Although, I'm of the opinion that there can't be another one.  No matter what you feel about the subject today, you have to admit he's a unique and special athlete...and he's still apparently newsworthy.