Those were the words that stuck with me during the post-game press conference in which Vikings Quarterback Brett Favre talked about his consecutive games started streak coming to an end.
The 41 year-old gunslinger had his consecutive starting streak end at 297 regular season games Monday night in Detroit (Favre started 321 straight games if you count the postseason). It all started in 1992 and ended in 2010.
As fans, we were blessed to be able to see Brett Favre play the game. We were blessed by his passion for the game. Favre reminded me of a fifth grader getting to go outside and play football at recess. He loved the game and it showed. There are not many players with that type of devotion for the game.
He made mistakes like we all do in life. When he got knocked down, he got up. When he threw an interception, he came back and tried again. Everyone can learn a thing or two from Favre’s career.
Favre could have suited up Monday night, taken a snap and then walked off the field. He didn’t. You have to respect that. Favre is the definitive iron man. Nobody is even a close second.
It’s unknown if Favre can even play next week. He may be placed on injured reserve and his season (and career) would end.
Here’s a video of Favre’s career – the good and the bad. Enjoy!