Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Why Does Brett Favre's Streak Mean Less Than Cal Ripken's?
History was made in Detroit yesterday and it had nothing to do with any of the teams that call that city home. For the first time since September 20, 1992 Brett Favre did not start a NFL game for a NFL team. 6,659 days and 297 regular season games (321 counting the 24 games he played in the postseason) in between Brett Favre replacing Don Majkowski leading the Green Bay Packers to a comeback win over the Cincinnati Bengals to yesterday as Favre watched his Minnesota Vikings officially become eliminated from the playoffs. 238 other quarterbacks have started a NFL game since Favre's streak started and three different Presidents have been elected (Clinton and Bush twice each). To put it in proper perspective, Favre's streak started when I was a 11 year old kid picking my nose in fifth grade and ends with me as a 29 year old father/husband still picking my nose.
When you throw out the numbers about the length of Favre's streak, it is simply amazing that one man lasted so long in such a violent sport. Sure Favre was not a running back or a linebacker, and the game has changed where the quarterback seems to be more protected by the league each year. Still the grind of what a football player goes through, to tell a story of one man playing a game through injury for 18 years and have the success he had is legendary. There is no doubt that Brett Favre will be in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame, and he could be considered the greatest quarterback ever to play the game of football.
So how come we do not celebrate this historic moment in our country's most popular game as much as we did for another "Iron Man"?
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