Brett Favre retired. About 10 years ago, I thought that the day that Favre retired would be a day of rejoicing for me. A bit of history is needed. I hated Brett Favre. He was a 49ers killer. His career record against the 49ers as a starter just 11-1!! That has to be the best record of any starting QB against the 49ers in their history. My deepest hatred for Brett Favre occurred the weekend of my birthday in 1995, when he lead his upstart Packers to an upset of my beloved 49ers. (No thanks to a fumble by Adam Walker, a name that lives in 49ers Hall of shame, on the 1st play of the game). Anyway the Packers knocked the 49ers out of the playoffs in 95, 96, and 97. So this play in the 98 playoffs is one of the sweetest plays in my lifetime.
However, my hatred for Brett Favre began to fade as 1. I matured and 2. the 49ers struggled. This combination allowed me to get a better perspective on life, but also on being a fan. With that new perspective, I came to respect Brett Favre as much as I respected any other player in the NFL. He was a great paradox of a player. he had a great love and passion for the game, but he also held his family in great esteem. This example was most evidently seen in his legendary Monday Night Football game the day after his father died. He was a fierce competitor who hated to lose, but he had an uncanny ability to keep a perspective on the game, and so he always played the game with a smile. He is the NFL all-time leader in wins, TD passing, and TD yards, but he will not be remembered for his numbers, but for the say he played the game. The way he played encouraged me to be in paradox, a passionate 49ers fan while having greatly respecting and (even rooting) for number 4. So, thank you Brett for playing the game the way you are supposed to. And after thinking of your 11-1 record against the 49ers. I hate to see you leave, but I’m glad to watch you go.