Brett Favre: Just a Regular Guy with a Passion

Joi WhitmoreCorrespondent IJune 16, 2009

Last night I was flipping through the channels and was fooled again by my cable service. Real Time with Bill Maher was supposed to be on HBO.

Joe Buck LIVE? Are you kidding me?

I must have been sleeping under a rock because I would never put Joe Buck and comedy in the same sentence.

My thoughts of Joe Buck—the monotonous play-caller who plays wingman to Troy Aikman. This Joe Buck on HBO last night was not so comforting.

Joe’s first guest tonight was the great Brett Favre—an ironic first guest for Joe Buck’s self-proclaimed celebrity/athlete/drama show. However, this deal was sealed back in April, before the second round of the ongoing Favre retirement drama.

As the interview starts, Brett diligently recounts the pre-interview conversation had in private, as to water down any impending public verbal drama.

He seems slightly ruffled by the tone of the show and the preceding vignette that somewhat resembled an Entertainment Tonight segment. He’s a nice guy, after all, and this Joe Buck show looks to devour nice guys.

The big question was asked first: “Are you returning to the NFL next year?”

To which the very likable Brett Favre answers, “Maybe.” Cue audience laughter. A bit scripted, maybe?

“How will it feel to go into Green Bay with a purple 4 on your chest?”

To this, he pulls out a quick reference to Vince Lombardi and his departure to the Redskins. Granted, Vince’s change was in coaching and not playing, but we get the point.

Maybe his body knows something he doesn’t.

Brett Favre is addicted to the NFL and needs to get help. Possibly a slow detox would work for his dependence, but he’s not aware at this point that he has a problem.

Think about it for a minute, though. If you were doing the single thing that you were most passionate about, wouldn’t you find it very challenging to give it up as well?

Favre turns 40 in October and talked about how “Coach” Madden warned him that once he left, there was no going back.

He proudly mentions his family, especially his kids. As a parent, I can understand the desire to want to do something to make my offspring admire me and prove that I can overcome the greatest adversity.

Impressing my children is a greater reward than anything I can think of.

I implore my readers to take a time trip to a place where you loved something intensely (a woman, a boat, a man, a car, drugs), and it was time to sell or break up.

Okay, so you’re standing there, knowing that this (woman) is no good for you but you love (her) so much it hurts.

How many times did you go back before it became shameful?

To Favre’s credit, his records and numbers speak loudly. For those of us who are in our mid-30s and up, this is a guy we’ve spent half our lives watching evolve into one of the greatest quarterbacks ever.

Maybe in a decade or so, time will heal our wounds, and we can reflect on the greatness of Brett Favre and not criticize a man for merely not knowing when to quit doing what he loves so much.