Dear Brett Favre,
I’ve never been a big fan of the Packers – or you for that matter. See, I work in the newspaper industry and your night games really screwed with my ability to hit a deadline – something I take very seriously. Please don’t take it personally – I actually like you as a person. You seem like a great guy and over the past year, I’ve come to respect you more and more.
I listened to part of your press conference and there were some things that really touched me. I’d like to share them here for the four people who may not have tuned in for the historical event.
“It was never my accomplishments, it was our accomplishments, the teammates that I’ve played with, and I can name so many. It was never about me, it was about everybody else.”
I really hope that’s true … It gives me hope to think that there are people out there who can really work as a team and believe it’s the TEAM that wins, not just the star player. I think we all need to apply that to our everyday lives.
“As I look back on my career, no regrets. No regrets, whatsoever. Sure, I would have liked to have won more games, would have liked to have gone to a Super Bowl this year, would have liked to have thrown less interceptions, more touchdowns, but no regrets. I played the game one way, the only way I knew how.”
Another thing we all should take to heart. Live life with no regrets. It’s hard. We all want to second-guess our decisions and think back to the tough one and think “what would have happened if I’d …” But we can’t go back. So keep looking forward and be happy with the way you are NOW.
“I can play, but I’m not up to the challenge. You can’t just show up and play for three hours on Sunday. If you could, there’d be a lot more people doing it and they’d be doing it for a lot longer. I have way too much pride, I expect a lot out of myself, and if I cannot do those things 100 percent, then I can’t play.”
You’ve gained my infinite respect by this statement … We all should take so much pride in the things we do and if we can’t do them the best way, we shouldn’t be doing them at all. Thank you for being honest.
” …. one play, one game, one season doesn’t define me. The last thing I want to be is one of those guys who hangs around and, because of my status, they keep me around. They don’t know how to tell me no. Will I be a Green Bay Packer for life? Sure. That doesn’t mean I come in and give my opinions and things like that. I wish the Packers well. I wish Aaron well. I think he’ll do a great job. I think he has the talent.”
Good for you, Brett. Be a friend, but not a menace.
“I’m well aware of the statistics, the records that I have right now. I think those were meant to be … That’s why they keep records, for those to be broken. I’m sure it makes for good TV when the next guy comes through. But I hope my legacy is a lot more than that. If I have to be remembered because of statistics then I did something wrong along the way.”
It’s so refreshing to think that there are professional athletes out there who don’t care about the statistics. I’m so glad you played the game because you LOVED the game. Now, you’ll find something else to enjoy.
Question: You’ve been embraced so wholeheartedly by the entire nation. Why do you think you’ve had that privilege?
Well, I think, I’m probably the wrong person to ask that. But if I had to guess I would say, and I hear this from time to time, he’s like one of us. Well, I am. I just play professional football. Now that is a little different job than most people. But we are regular people and things have happened to our family, maybe it being that we’re in the public eye, things we’ve had to deal with, tragedy, obviously has (been) dealt with within the community and the world when other people are able to deal with it privately. So I think people say, ‘You know what, death does happen to Brett Favre and Deanna Favre. Cancer does happen to them.’ It’s not all about making a lot of money and being on TV all the time. There’s more to it than that. And I think, I hate to say that we’re appreciated because of that because we would love to change some of those things. But it’s life and we’ve had to deal with it with the public and we’re thankful for that because it has helped.
Thank you for putting your life out there for us to share. I think the true fans have learned a thing or two about sympathy and empathy from the difficult times your family has had. And, you’ve been the ultimate role model for when things just don’t go right.
Questions: For all of your contributions on the field, are you just as grateful and proud of your off-the-field accomplishments, the impact you’ve had with Make-A-Wish kids, your foundation, and other charities?
If you really think about it, that stuff is so much more important than football. But at times we lose sight of that. Deanna and I this past Sunday were down in Gulfport, Mississippi. Ronnie Hebert, that name probably doesn’t ring a bell to anyone in here, but he was a figure on the Gulf coast for 65 years, in fact. As my dad coached Legion ball for 28 years, the summer in Gulfport, Ronnie Hebert was a bat boy, was mentally challenged. Deanna surprised me several years ago at our dinner, charity dinner, bringing Ronnie up. He passed away this past week, suddenly. He had a long, fun life. Never saw him disappointed. But I’ve had so many people say to me, boy, you made a great impact on Ronnie and great impact on Make-A-Wish kids, and so on and so forth. But it’s the impact they had on me. That’s what it’s all about.
It’s that first sentence that gets me. There ARE so many things out there that are more important than football and I wish people realized that. I understand being a fan, but I wish all those fans followed your lead and gave back to the community with the same fervor that they have for the Packers. Even if half the money that was spent on Packers memorabilia was given to charities, the communities we live in would be so much better.
Brett, I wish you well in your future endeavors. Please don’t take this personally when I say ‘Don’t come back.’
A new fan
P.S. Thanks for retiring while I was on vacation. It really upped your likability factor in my book.