What Does Brett Favre Mean To The NFL?

Vince RiccioContributor IAugust 6, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14:  Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre arrives at the 2010 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Listen up!

While the state of 10,000 lakes is speculating if their saviour will return or not, media sites are lighting up with a frenzy of chatter, rumour mill, and guesswork.

I don’t care about that thou.  If Brett Favre comes back for another kick at the cat then I suggest we are in for another great year of Vikings football.  If he decides to retire, then so be it.  Either way, his antics make for great sideshow entertainment.

The question that I am proposing instead, however, is what does Brett Favre mean to the state of the game itself?  Brett has been a polarizing figure from the moment he stepped onto Lambeau Field whether it was your distain for the colour jersey he wore or how he trashed, chewed up, and spit out your team on any given Sunday.

While I am a Vikings fan and supporter, I can assure you that this piece is not meant to stoke Favre’s ego whatsoever.  He seems to fill that hot air balloon enough on his own; my help is not required.

Brett brings that potential for polarization and assists in increased ticket sales, jersey sales, merchandise sales, and also his ability to create hysteria.  In a way, Brett Favre is such a major part of the game that his on again, off again retirement party is challenging daytime soaps for drama of the year.  Simply put, all that is required is an effortless ‘Brett Favre wink’ at the camera and reporters everywhere attempt to crack the Favre-inci Code and get deep into the mind of the man who has entertained and dazzled us for nearly two decades.

Need more proof?  I could provide you with stats of sales figures and information articles about how his acquisition impacted team sales but I don’t require that.  Go ahead and ask anyone point blank at a water cooler, “Hey, what do you think about the Favre situation?” and I can bet they will know exactly where to start their conversation.