Vikings Lose To Jets: Brett Favre Under Tension on the Field and Off It

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IOctober 12, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings wipes his forehead as he walks on the field in the second half against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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He’s obviously the diva queen in the NFL, always involved in an unnecessary saga with hyperbolic drama creating a lingering debate. The convenient amenity of aspiration in Minnesota, a cultural environment that prides itself on football, admires the grandfather still hurling downfield throws in the National Football League.

So here is Brett Favre, who once again hijacked the summer months in a charade, opted to come back for his 20th season and jeopardize his accomplished legacy. We can only hope this is his last season, after people either implored for the veteran thrower to come back or stay away from the game.

Five games into the regular season, and his body language is showing signs of fatigue. So now, already, we are urging the future Hall of Famer to retire at the end of the season.

He was supposed to lead the Minnesota Vikings to the Super Bowl, and then call another emotional press conference to announce retirement again. He was supposed to depart the game in triumph but barely can survive on turf, doomed by opponents implementing an effective pass rush to neutralize Favre and the Vikings' balanced offense.

The deterioration of his lacking passing heroics is beginning to present trouble on the weary shoulders and legs of the oldest quarterback in the league.

Most of all, without him, the imagery in football isn’t the same, and the Vikings would likely be a winless franchise with incumbent quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosefels battling at the helm for the toughest position. He’s too much fun to watch in the most popular sport in the country, uplifting the state of a violent and watchful sport.

So you expect much productivity from the elderly rather than the youth, a man who is long past his prime and appears to be suddenly in decline on the final stages in an accomplished career. If there’s much grievous and a ruckus, of course, interfering with his performance level, it is evidently the arduous publicity of the Jenn Sterger chronicle.

As he continuously wilts, his incredible streak with 289 consecutive regular season starts at quarterback could be endangered if evidence uphold that he violated the league’s personal conduct policy.

Aside from his struggles on the field, Favre is facing struggles off the field. If this is the end of the iron man streak, he’ll be serving a punishment for unbearably his misconduct. If this is true, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell won’t be hesitant to bench the iconic superstar.

Upon hearing that Favre is under investigation for allegedly sending bawdy text photos and messages to a woman employed by the Jets when he played for the Jets in 2008, is uncanny nearing the end of a remarkable career.

But this isn’t surprising in which we reside in a senseless society with the abundance of irresponsible and disrespectful men, flirting with sexy women for their attire and facial features. In short, this isn’t the first incident and isn’t the last.

In everyday life, a relationship is constantly unraveling and divorce rates are increasingly growing, as marriages crumble and affairs prompt havoc in relationships.

So, it wasn’t surprising to hear Favre’s name involved in a sexual harassment episode with immense temptations in a business that athletes are approached by all types of women, just as it wasn’t surprising to watch the Vikings fall victim to the New York Jets after a 29-20 loss Monday night and dropped to 1-3.

And yet each time he loses and come back the next week, he’s normally in denial and feels guilty. Meanwhile, in a morning meeting Monday, he was teary-eyed and apologized to the Vikings for involving his teammates into a media circus.

But now, however, the 41-year-old is declining to talk about alleged sexual charges during press conferences, embarrassed and irritated with the accusations. All of this could lead to an unhappy ending for the most accomplished athlete in the game. It’s too bad that he couldn’t lead the Vikings to a win.

Nonetheless, Favre is known for poise and resiliency, but as the body wears down and he ages, he’s losing patience and becomes frustrated quicker. If the allegations are true, we’ll never forget his faulty mistake, but we’ll forgive Favre if he wins. Late in the fourth quarter, Favre played unwisely to commit a clumsy blunder and failed to redeem his allegations and cure his soul.

Instead of connecting with one of his receivers on a pass to the end zone, he misfired and threw an interception directly to Jets cornerback Dwight Lowery, who returned it 26 yards for a game-clinching touchdown.

Only now, Favre’s state of mind isn’t fixated on football, but clearing his name in one of the most devastating weeks of his personal and professional lifestyle as well. When the NFL is done investigating the incident, Favre could serve a suspension and may not skate this time.

Maybe he could get away without reporting and participating in minicamp or training camp, but if the accusations are true, he’ll be handed a one-game suspension at the most. Idol or not, admirable player or not, the NFL Sheriff will likely drop the sledgehammer on Favre.

There may not be enough proof or even truthful evidence, even if last week revealed that Favre sent unacceptable text and voice messages, including cellphone photos of his genitalia. He hasn’t missed a game since Week 4 of the 1992 season, an astonishing iron man streak.

This is remarkable for a man, not only because of his milestones such as throwing a 36-yard pass to newly acquired receiver Randy Moss for his 500th career touchdown pass and celebrating by trotting down the field as if he was a little kid and leaping into the arms of Moss, but also for standing as the symbol of the league.

On the negative side of things, he accounted for the 162nd fumble of his career, breaking Warren Moon’s record. Alas, the costly mistake set up a Jets field goal for the fourth field goal on the night for Nick Folk. On the next possession, Favre rebounded from his botched error and owned the record books for surmounting pass 70,000 passing yards.

Commonly known as the one superstar in the league for breaking records and setting new milestones, Favre is a unique specimen in the NFL. All of his accolades and feats are too glorious to implode, but as of now, it remains a mystery whether or not he’s the NFL Sheriff’s next suspect guilty of violating the policy.

Brett has to realize that there is a sheriff in town. Maybe he’ll text message the sheriff analogy, advising players to avoid troubles.