“You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”-Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight.  These words make me think of the football career of Brett Favre.  A player loved by all for his gunslinger mentality, childlike way he played the game and overall charisma on and off the field.  Antics late in Brett’s career turned public opinion on him slightly.  Yet his whole career was more Two-Face than Harvey Dent to begin with.

“As a man, I’m flesh and blood; I can be ignored, I can be destroyed. But as a symbol… as a symbol I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting.”-Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins. Brett’s gunslinger image sometimes inflated his career with the media and the average joe.  No one could ever take away that Favre is first ballot Hall of Famer.  He owns all the quarterback records I get it.  If you go over the numbers of Brett’s 20 seasons he had 7 bad season (equal to or more interceptions than touchdowns) 5 good to average seasons (either leading the league in Interceptions or a 2:1 td to int ratio) and 8 great elite seasons.  We accept this because he is America’s favorite gunslinger next to John Wayne.

“He’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now.”-Jim Gordon in The Dark Knight. Most will say Farve was clutch performer.  Farve is the all-time winningest quarterback, but the clutch thing… not so much, Brett hurt his teams in the clutch, especially times when you need to be disciplined.  Brett has 45 all time comebacks, I know impressive right? Farve also has 64 turnovers in 173 final drives. Farve had 29 tds, 54 ints, and 10 lost fumbles in those 173 final drives.  Check out Bleacher Report for eye-popping numbers on that.  You can’t always be a child and try the risky play.  Sometimes you have to be a man and make the right play.

Why do we fall?  So we can learn to pick ourselves back up.-Thomas Wayne in Batman Begins.  Favre had early trouble in Atlanta.  Jerry Glanville’s words “I had to get him out of Atlanta…  I couldn’t sober him up.”  In 1996 Favre had an admitted Vicodin addiction that forced the NFL to ban Favre from alcohol and other substances.  His refuse to give the Packers enough notice about his retirement forced them to trade him to the Jets.  As a Jet his ego got the best of him, a teammate of his said, “He…made no effort to ingratiate himself with the already assembled team,”   With the Vikings he had one of the greatest seasons for any quarterback ever (33tds 7 ints), but it ended with a gunslinger play, and instead of hanging it up he returned the following year.  In 2010 his final season he admitted he came back because the money was so great, 16.5 million (I don’t blame him).  Yet during that season the Jenn Sterger story struck ever immortalizing sexting for old people.  It hurt his image the most because the world knew that Brett’s wife Deana Favre was a breast cancer survivor and the perception of a perfect home life was shattered.  People will always love Brett Favre, but he is human and made mistakes. Yes, he might have tarnished his good ole American boy image, but when you put up 64 points in your Offensive Coordinating debut Brett should be saying, “Why So Serious?”