Forgive me for being so fanatical in this article. You'll have to realize that I'm no sportswriter, I'm a fan, and if there's one person in any sport that I rely the most on for my fandom, it's Mr. Favre.
I've watched, year after year, as Favre's criticized by everyone for his indecisiveness. I've read articles that read "Farve" and "Faver" and I've thought, with the most cynical abilities available to me, that those writers needed to be hung (or hanged, depending on your country, I guess).
Here's what I knew when Brett finally decided to call it quits in Green Bay - I'd never see another like him. The next season, however, I found myself becoming a Jets fan. What?! A Jets fan! I don't even like the state of New York. Then, last year, he went to Minnesota. Brett, don't you know you're not supposed to do that to people? I'm a Texan who supported the Packers for most of my developmental years and now you're a member of the Packers' NFC North rivals? Alright, screw it, I'll support the Vikes.
Last year was the best year for more Favre fans. He had a great year with the interceptions and he led his team to the NFC Championship. Hell, some would argue that the Vikings should have won to this very day. It doesn't matter, folks, because I'm honest, I'm not a team fan (I'm from Amarillo, Texas - we have no teams), I'm supportive of players. And, let me be honest, there's no player in any sport on this planet I'm prouder to support than Brett Favre. I was born in the 80's and remember, vividly, going out to the garage trying to emulate Michael Jordan on the basketball court (basketball's my favorite sport), but I have an all-out man-crush on No. 4. All-Out.
Who's been better, consistently, for as many years? Who's made as many spectacular plays? Who's shouldered so much FOR AN ENTIRE CAREER?
If he decides to come back, I won't be surprised, but if he doesn't (or even if he does and has a sorry season), I'll ask everyone to forget the overtime interceptions in conference championship games and remember one particular game - one in which hardly any other player in NFL history can compete with - that Monday Night Football game in 2003 in which Favre, having suffered through the death of his father, his mentor, simply let it all out. Isn't that, after all, what all of us fans ask of our chosen players? Let it all out! He did during the worst time of his life. He did in front of a prime-time audience on a national stage against a former Super Bowl team, the Raiders.
That game, above all others in any sport, sticks out in my mind when remembering athletes.
Mr. Favre, if you should decide to stay retired, that's fine, you've earned more than my adoration or respect, you've earned my attention and that's much harder to hold on to, me being a product of Nintendo, Sega, PlayStation and No-Limit Records, than one would expect. Either way, I'll never forget the competitor you are, have been, and always will be. Good luck, friend.