It would be a bittersweet way for his 20-year career to come to a close, but the professional eulogies have already begun. He is being bid farewell by teammates and the media that have covered his football exploits over the last two decades. Kicker Ryan Longwell shared his favorite moment with Favre, which gave an insight into the kind of person Favre has been during his Hall of Fame career.
Longwell, who has been one of Favre's closest friends since their days in Green Bay, said his favorite Favre moment wasn't a huge game in the face of adversity or a key late-game drive. Instead, it was a non-football moment that gave him an insight into the player who would become one of his closest friends.
"My rookie year, I was in the locker room and Brett walks in," Longwell said. "Ron Wolf, our G.M., was in there. I was a new guy and didn't know a lot of the guys. I kind of stayed out of the way. Ron Wolf came in and said, ‘What do we need to get back to the Super Bowl?' We just had won it the year before. Without missing a beat, this Hall of Famer Brett Favre – MVP of the league a couple of years previously – says, ‘You know what we really need? A water softener in the shower.' That early in my career told me everything I need to know about Brett."
While Favre's NFL legacy is going to be stamped by his iron man streak, his gunslinger mentality and more wins that any other quarterback to ever play the game, his legacy with those he played with and against will be marked by the type of person he was – quick with the wit and an engaging personality – not necessarily the type of player he has been for 20 years. That is merely a bonus.
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