Favre Sets An Example
This weekend, I couldn't help but be inspired by Brett Favre's performance. 2009, Favre's first year with the Minnesota Vikings, brought two games against his ex-team, the Green Bay Packers. For those who know football, it is obvious why this is a big deal. For those who don't, Favre was the face of the Packers for years. He started as their quarterback from 1992 until 2007 and won super bowl XXXI in the green and yellow uniform. In 2008, he decided to retire, but not for long. Favre was back without missing a season in 2008, this time wearing a New York Jets uniform. The Packers didn't want him back. Aaron Rodgers, Favre's previous understudy in Green Bay, was about to receive his chance to start. Controversy stirred as Favre was turned down to return to the Packers.
Favre also threw 271 yards and completed 24-of-312 passes without interception in the first meeting against his old Packers' teammates, to add to his stature as the all-time NFL pass leader. "It's sweet but it has nothing to do with revenge," Favre told reporters after the game. "I'm emotional but I'm always emotional. I knew there was a lot riding on the game. This one carried a little more weight. "One game does not define my career. I wasn't out to prove anything. I was out here to play. It was a lot of fun," Favre added.
The point of this is that Farve embodies the attitude of an amazing athlete. He is humble enough to say that he wasn't playing for revenge or spite, but also admits that he felt just a bit more competitive than usual. Favre took a situation of adversity and turned it into pure triumph. This is something we can all learn from; adversity and trial is just an opportunity for greater success. The fact that Favre wasn't allowed to return to his team so he decided to join another team and beat his old team is a much more powerful story than his season would have been otherwise. Favre's attitude makes him a winner. How does your attitude about situations of adversity make you who you are?