Suicide Hotlines Flooded With Calls Concerning Brett Favre

Kenny SteinCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - MARCH 06: Quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers announces his retirement at a press conference on March 6, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Jon Merz volunteers at a suicide hotline in Los Angeles every other weekend.  He'll be on duty this Sunday, the same day Brett Favre makes his highly-publicized return to Lambeau Field as a Viking.

Jon is expecting it to be a busy weekend.

"I was here on Tuesday.  We were already getting calls from people in preparation for this weekend, saying that they didn't know if they could handle all the coverage that Brett Favre would be getting this week.  Especially on Sunday."

What Jon is referring to is the endless amount of hours and countless segments that are likely to be spent talking about Favre returning to Green Bay to play the Packers at Lambeau for the first time. 

For most of the last 15 years, anything Favre has done has usually been talked about on sports radio and television, making sure to cover every detail. 

From his on-again, off-again retirements to his trade to the Jets to his "heroic" Monday Night performances, the name Brett Favre has been uttered on ESPN an estimated 4.6 million times. 

One such caller into the suicide hotline was 31-year-old Marcus Clinton. 

"I don't know what I'm going to do," said Marcus.  "I love sports.  I love the NFL.  But if I hear someone talk about Brett Favre one more goddamn time I'm going to blow my brains out.  I know that's a figure of speech, but I really mean it.  Who really cares if (Favre) is playing on another team?  Joe Montana played on the Chiefs.  Emmitt Smith played on the Cardinals.  He's just one guy, get over it."

As I sat in the room last night with the volunteers at the call center, I heard call after call of similar complaints.  After two hours of sitting there, nearly 30 people had called in worried about whether or not they would make it to Monday. 

"I don't even know if Monday is going to be safe," said Merz.  "Monday Night Football is on ESPN.  What do you think they're going to talk about, or who do you think they may talk to during halftime?"

As public concern for the situation grows across the country, sports media outlets have yet to show any signs of backing off the Favre coverage. 

"Brett Favre is America.  He's everything.  He's God.  And I'm going to talk about him to death.  Also, I can tell you what day Brett Favre will retire.  Dec. 21, 2012," said ESPN analyst Chris Berman.

At approximately 9:15 PM last night, a call came into the center from a hysterical woman who went by the name "Nancy." 


There was a loud bang and then simply silence.

Thanks, Brett.