An Ode to Favre

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.


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    Fans of John Brodie, QB of the 49ers from 1957 to 1973, and the great San Francisco 49ers, are helping get John R Brodie, enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We are asking all fans of the 49ers to write or fax a nominating letter to the hall of Fame, for Brodie to be enshrined as a senior candidate.
    We have made a webpage and there are addresses and sample letters you can use. The cut off date for a 2009 nomination is March 1, 2008, so we need the letters sent soon, please. Here is the address:
    Send your letters to:
    Pro Football Hall of Fame
    Attn: Nomination Committee
    2121 George Halas Drive NW,
    Canton, OH 44708

    or Fax: 330-456-9080

    here is the page with the sample letters:

    There is also a Myspace:

    and an online petition, for fans to sign:
    Thanks so much for your help, despite having suffered a severe stroke in 2000, Brodie is still active and follows his beloved 49ers.

    “Many people we have contacted are surprised that Brodie is not already in the Pro Football Hall of fame because of his awesome stats as a football player. In his seventeen year career with the San Francisco 49ers, John Brodie was one of the foremost quarterbacks in football. A quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers from 1957 through 1973, a 17 year run, John Brodie threw for 31,548 yards and tossed 214 TDs in 201 career games. He appeared in the Pro Bowl in 1965 and 1970. He was named NFL/NFC’s Most Valuable Player in 1970.
    His statistics clearly show him to be worthy of the honor of being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is the greatest honor that can be bestowed upon a football player and John Brodie is more than worthy of such an honor. He was among the leading passers in the league throughout the 1960s. His best statistical year was 1965 when he led the League in passing average (3,112 yards) and 30 touchdowns. When John Brodie retired from the NFL, he ranked third in the NFL in career passing yards.”

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