Brett Favre Shines in Political Ad for Embattled Mississippi Senator

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2014

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre speaks at a news conference after an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, in Minneapolis. The Bears won 40-14. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)
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Future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre may be retired from football, but he has found ways to keep busy, including a recent foray into the political realm.

As seen in this video, Favre endorsed incumbent Mississippi senator Thad Cochran prior to his June 24 Republican runoff against tea party candidate Chris McDaniel:

Favre lauded Cochran's qualifications and related the situation to his football career, according to Alexander Burns of Politico.

"I've learned through football that strong leadership makes the difference between winning and losing. And when it comes to our state's future, trust me: Mississippi can win and win big with Thad Cochran," Favre said. "Thad Cochran always delivers, just like he did during Katrina."

Favre—who was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, resides in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and attended the University of Southern Mississippi—is easily one of the most popular and influential people in the entire state.

No. 4 achieved legendary status in 20 NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings. With 11 Pro Bowl nods, three NFL MVP awards and a Super Bowl title to his credit, the people of Mississippi tend to listen when Favre speaks.

That fact should give Cochran a puncher's chance despite the notion that his grip on the office seems to be slipping. If anyone can turn the tide in his favor in the state of Mississippi, it has to be Favre.

Favre seemed so comfortable and convincing in the ad that one can't help but wonder if he might have a political future in his own right. Favre hasn't publicly indicated that he has interest in pursuing anything of that nature, but it might be something worth considering.

If Favre does ever decide to test the waters, the NFL's official Twitter account did a mock-up of what his campaign button might look like:

Favre comes off as trustworthy in the advertisement and seems like someone who can relate to common people. Those attributes (along with his pure star power) could make him a natural fit for a political career.

With that said, he would have to be a bit more decisive than he was during the latter part of his football career. Favre was a constant topic of conversation, as he twice announced his retirement only to return to the gridiron.

Since hanging up the cleats for a final time following the 2010 season, though, Favre hasn't been back. There has likely been temptation, and there has been plenty of speculation as well, but he has managed to resist the urge.

With that said, there is no denying the fact that Favre was one of the NFL's great leaders throughout his career. Toughness was his hallmark, as he started a record 297 games in a row despite battling through plenty of bumps, bruises and injuries.

That type if dedication is something that would reflect well upon him in politics, so he definitely has the tools necessary to get involved if he so chooses.

Should Cochran overcome the odds and win the Republican nomination, Favre figures to get more phone calls from Republican representatives than he did when he was an NFL free agent.

Favre was always a hot commodity in football, but he may be an even hotter commodity politically in the wake of his endorsement of Cochran. Regardless of what path Favre decides to take in life after football, it is clear that he'll have no shortage of options.


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