Brett Favre Throws One Last TD…His HOF Speech

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brett 3A lot of talk has been about how Brett Favre set yet one more record during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony last night…a record for the longest Hall of Fame induction speech. His words were less prepared than, perhaps those of Tony Dungy or Ed DeBartolo but three things were very clear at the end of Brett’s 36 minute speech.

1. Brett is a Green Bay Packer

A lot was made of the fact that Brett’s HOF display included Jets and Vikings jerseys. Many in PackerNation felt a twinge of angst at the notion of remembering Brett as anything other than a Packer. Brett wore a Falcons jersey before he was traded to the Pack and the fact of the matter is that none of those other jerseys matter and Brett made it clear “Make no mistake”, he said, “I will be remembered as a Packer”.

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So, while the Falcons time with Brett Favre never got off the ground, and the Jets trade is all but forgotten, and the brief success with the Vikings all sink into obscurity in the rear-view mirror…Brett Favre’s career will forever be equated with his time in Green Bay. Favre’s jersey hangs at Lambeau field alongside those other Packer greats who have gone before, and now his bust will be enshrined in Canton, where NFL fans from all over the world can remember the greatness of Brett Favre the Green Bay Packer. This is important, as Packers fans know just how long it took to get to this point.

2. Brett gave his family, particularly his Dad all the credit

Brett made no bones about the prime mover of his Hall of Fame career, it was his Father. As a Dad, I appreciate Brett’s words on this subject. Sometimes it is the Dad who tells it like it is when other want you to be satisfied with your performance. Sometimes it is the Dad who says, “You need to do better than that.”. Sometimes it is the Dad who says, “If you can stand up…you can play, and you still have to play well.”. Fathers rarely get praise for tough love and often are seen as cruel when telling a child that better or more is expected of them. But that very tough love is what Brett Favre credits his Hall of Fame career to, and here is where Favre broke down:

“…I said to myself, ‘I will make it to the Hall of Fame so I could

acknowledge the fact of how important he was…this is tougher than any third and fifteen I can assure you…my Father…for those who don’t know would never give praise. My Dad was my High School football coach and I never had a car.  And on the last football game of my HS career what I do remember is sitting outside the coaches office and I overheard the coaches talking and my Father said, ‘I can assure you of one thing about my son…he will play better, he will redeem himself” I spent the rest of my career trying to redeem myself and make him proud… I hope I succeeded…Thank you”

Boys become warriors when they know their Fathers believe in them…and one word that could define Brett Favre’s entire career is just that word…warrior. Which leads us to the final thought from Brett’s speech.

3. Brett put it all out on the fieldbrett 4

Many years ago, before the Brett Favre retirement/un-retirement debacle happened, Tom Kertscher put out a call for fans to give a tribute to Brett Favre that he would then publish in his book: Brett Favre: A Packer Fan’s Tribute. I had the good fortune of my quote being chosen (though heavily edited…I tend to be long-winded) and I would like to provide it below. It sums up my feelings about how wonderful it was to watch Brett Favre because he put his heart into the game. Specifically, this refers to the touchdown pass to Andre Rison in Super Bowl XXXI:

“When Brett threw the touchdown pass to Andre Rison in Super Bowl XXXI, he ran off the field with a smile on his face and his helmet held aloft. The memory of the touchdown gives me chills. But seeing Brett’s face after the touchdown reminds me that I, like all Packers fans, felt I knew Brett as a person, and was with him through triumph and tragedy on the field and off. I can also see the number 4 over Brett’s heart. I will remember how it identified the man who played with more heart than anyone I have ever seen.”

Congratulations Brett, thanks for the memories. Packers fans all over the world are proud to consider you one of the legends of this great team of ours. As you are inducted, it signals the end of an era. We are thankful that our team is in good hands but will never forget your heart and warrior spirit out on the gridiron. You will always be a Packer now and you will never be forgotten.

Go Pack!

 

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Brady Augustine is co-owner and content creator for www.greenbaypackernation.com. He currently resides in Tennessee and also conspires with brother, JR on www.cheesnewswire.com

2 Comments

  1.   January 24, 2017, 5:51 pm

    Capers has to go u can’t play a 90s style D in 2017 he is past his prime and the d doesn’t work that puts too much pressure on Rodgers and the O.I wanna see a GM that will open the wallet

  2.   January 24, 2017, 12:06 pm

    One choice is insufficient. Ted Thompson refuses to fill gaps needed to provide players to make the team a real contender. The team plays just well enough each year to end up at the bottom of the draft list. Taking the best available and sitting them on the bench or practice squad does not allow for growth. So many glaring holes it will be almost impossible to fill them this year.
    Dom Capers has tried to make players play to his scheme, rather than create a D that fits the players strengths. Blown coverages, missed tackles, basic technique issues and Thompson’s inability to retain players does not help. Need someone that can put a D on the field that understands the game as it is played in 2017…not like it was in the 90’s.
    Strength and Conditioning…I am having a hard time understanding why we get decimated year after year. Every team in the league plays the same amount of games. Why did we lose 8 players against the Falcons and they 1 for a few plays? Do we need better position coaches. is it a technique issue? How can a player like Eddie Lacy get so out of condition they can’t play?

    We all love our team…for me it has been since 1960…I remember years when we could not even give tickets away…still bought them, still cheered every game…2 HOF quarterbacks and how many SB wins in 20 years? There is only one goal…the Lombardi Trophy….no participation Trophies in the NFL

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