Some football games don't live up to their billing, but last night's game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings certainly did. Two very good football teams battled to the final whistle. There are great football players on both sides, but there is one player who has proved that no matter who he plays for, the game is better because he showed up.
It is hard to grasp what he brings to the game. Even when his team loses he is fun to watch. Brett Favre is a player's player. He never seems to lose his youthful exuberance. It mirrors the feeling I used to get as a youngster when we lined up on Sunday afternoon to play a game of sandlot football. It is what has been lost in the big business world of professional athletics today. I rarely watch professional sports anymore, but if I know Brett is playing, I tune in.
I don't know how much longer he'll play. Sometimes I fear for his health and wish he would retire before his body is damaged beyond repair, but as long as he's out there, the game is better for it. To that boy/man from the never never land of Kiln, Mississippi, I say thanks for playing the game.