The Legacy Lives On: Brett Favre's Interception Makes it Grow Even More

Gene ZarnickCorrespondent IJanuary 25, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings gestures as he walks off the field after the Vikings lost to the New Orleans Saints 31-28 in overtime during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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We all saw what happened in the Vikings/Saints game; for some reason people are surprised with what happened. I don't know why. I don't understand how anyone couldn't realistically conger up the thought that Brett Favre, the mighty gunslinger, wouldn’t revert back to his old ways and throw a timely interception to lose the game. That's what Brett Favre was, is, and will ever be; arm rifling, pass happy; I can hit any spot, anywhere on the field, from anywhere on the field quarterback. That's why we love him, that's why we hate him. Some people think that this game will finally cement Brett Favre into the retirement asylum. Some people think that another interception to end the season has ruined his legacy. I think he just built upon his legacy yesterday.

"I don't believe you can lose legacies, you can only grow upon them."

That is the exact statement I wrote in my column Losing a Lagassi when I decided to give my take on Andre Agassi's book. It fit Andre's situation then and it fits Brett's situation now. Yesterday's effort by Brett and the Vikings was great. The game was back and forth with excitement throughout. What Brett Favre did out there as a 40 year old gent was a classic performance in its own right. Win or lose the game, he returned to the game he loved, and he was within reach of returning to the Super Bowl. Some people think that each of his returning efforts is similar to Michael Jordan returning. They're nowhere close. People seem to think that Brett hurt his legacy by once again throwing a pick to end the season. He didn't. All he did was build upon the accomplishments he has already achieved. Of course he would want to take that interception back, but I don't think he'd take back returning to football if he knew he was going to throw that interception. He had so many great moments this year. Numerous games of 300+ yards passing. Multiple touchdown games. Come from behind thrillers with last second heaves to Greg Lewis. Yeah, we haven't heard his name since that 49ers game. He fought, battled, and even threw a couple cheap shots below the knees this season for what? For the chance to win another Super Bowl.

So maybe he screwed up again like typical Brett Favre heave-ho fashion. Maybe he didn't accomplish what he set out to when he returned. Either way he was phenomenal this season and his legacy was built upon. Everyone will remember that interception that blew the Super Bowl chance, but everyone will also remember the heroics he had throughout the season. I was thoroughly impressed with his efforts throughout the year and he definitely became more of a legend in my mind. The funny part is that I don't even like Brett Favre or care for Brett Favre. So he may be a failure to some and a legend to others, but sometimes you have to stand behind your failures to recognize your success. I recognized the success immediately after the interception was thrown.