Hate the Packers, Love FavrePosted: March 4, 2008
If you haven’t heard by now, Brett Favre, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, is retiring after 17 years in the NFL. (SI.com article) While I hate the Packers, their fans (the “cheeseheads”), and all dairy products (I’m lactose-intolerant), I admire Brett Favre as an athlete and a human being. Of the numerous accolades and records he holds as a quarterback (He retires with 5,377 career completions (#1) in 8,758 attempts (#1) for 61,655 yards (#1), 442 touchdowns (#1) and 288 interceptions (#1)), the most impressive are not the obvious stats, but one that can be easily overlooked, most consecutive games played.
In his final season, Favre also extended his quarterback-record streak of consecutive regular-season starts to 253 games — illustrating his trademark toughness. Add the playoffs, and Favre’s streak stands at 275.
Now, you have to understand the nature of football to fully appreciate a feat like this. It’s not always sunny and 76 when you hit that field (it’s not golf). And especially where Favre plays, in Wisconsin, the weather is less than desirable to be out sweating in. Lambeau field, aka “The Frozen Tundra”, is a place opponents dread playing in during the final months of the season. And consider also the position he plays, quarterback. Basically, he is the one man on the field that the opposing team is wanting to kill on every possession. Quarterbacks get knocked down, tackled, mentally abused each and every possession of the football game. And simply put, the reason why games are played only once a week in football is because they need at least that long (probably longer) to recuperate from the past week’s bruises & sprains. Yet, through all that Favre managed to string together a remarkable 275 straight weeks of this kind of abuse. It’s freakishly amazing & incredibly motivating, if you ask me.
Naturally, after reading about something like this, I evaluate my own life and come to the sober conclusion, “Dan, you’re weaksauce”. I complain at the slightest discomfort, I whine when things don’t go my way, and I give up when it gets too overwhelming. I suffer from the same disease T-Mac & Larry “Boo-hoo” Hughes have (I’m kinda kidding…kinda). So like the great philosopher, Al Pacino, once said, “You’ll find out that life is just a game of inches.” It’s matter of going out there day after day and getting back in the game, fighting for every inch of your heart, laying claim on it to the glory of God. And no matter how beat up you feel or how much you think you deserve it, giving yourself no rest until the day Jesus returns. Favre played in 275 consecutive football games. I hope to stay even more consistent in my life. Thanks for the challenge, Brett.