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Brett Favre on Humility, Aging, and Faith (Pt. 4 of 5)

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September 22, 2023 3:02 am

Brett Favre on Humility, Aging, and Faith (Pt. 4 of 5)

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September 22, 2023 3:02 am

On this episode of Our American Stories, much of what’s known about legendary NFL quarterback Brett Favre has been kept between the goal posts. So Greg Hengler sat down with Brett Favre in his Hattiesburg, Mississippi, home where Brett shared stories about humility, aging, and faith, in this fourth part of his five part series. 

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Step as far back as possible. And we love to get stories behind stories. And Brett Favre's life, we've been digging in deep. And this is the fourth part of a five-part series. Brett Favre's life outside of the goalposts. Which is what we're interested in here on this show, not Brett Favre the football star.

That's interesting. But who's the man? What's life like before and after? Who were his parents? Where did he grow up? How did he deal with fame and everything after?

Here's Brett Favre getting personal about his faith, about humility, and about aging. I can't speak for other people, but we, and I say we more me, but we tend to lean on God when we need him. Going to rehab, spending time by myself, like open a Bible. God, I need some help.

I can't do this alone. And I remember asking people, not, and we still are active in the Catholic Church. In fact, Father Tommy, our priest is one of our, we take him on vacations and do all kinds of stuff. But like leaning on someone, and I've had enough adversity to walk me through the Bible. You go to rehab three times, you lose your dad. Deanna lost her brother out here on a four-wheeler accident. Yeah, he was 19 years old. Yeah, on my four-wheeler.

He killed a helicopter at him out of here to the hospital, but it was bad. You know, so there's enough things that, you know, you go, God, I need some help here. And you do well for a while, then you slip, and you do well, and you slip.

But I think as I've gotten older, I tend to slip maybe less. I look at things differently. I think at 50, I'm a lot wiser than I was at 40, but I'm sure if I make it to 60, I'll be saying, you were a freaking idiot at 50.

You didn't know nothing. And I'm sure that's the cycle that will always be. And I'm talking about just life in general. What we thought was important at 18. At 30, we thought, what were you thinking? And then at 40, you thought, what were you thinking at 30? But I feel like you narrow down as you get older what matters and what it takes to achieve whatever happiness. And so I think that my faith has gotten better and stronger, but it needs a lot of work. I'm not going to sit here and brag, but I do know that humility is, I had to look it up.

I'm thinking one thing, and actually what I was thinking, I didn't know how to put it in words, and humility was the word I was looking for. There was a time I thought that it was all about me, but it's like the Oakland game or my career. You could say the Oakland game was like my career. I was just driving the car. God was telling me where to go, when to stop, when to pass, when to park.

And that took a while. I think that goes back to playing 20 years. At 21, I thought once I got into play, I thought I can be pretty damn good.

But at 19, 20 years, I'm like that doesn't matter really. You need to be thankful that God gave you the opportunity. And also the one thing that I feel really good about is that I made the most of it. I let him down in a lot of ways.

That was one of them. I didn't let him down. I gave you a gift.

What are you going to do with it? I actually told my daughter that today. I said, you've got a chance, because she didn't play very good last week. They played Friday and Saturday.

She played pretty good Friday, not so good Saturday. She was really down, and she was beating herself up today. She said, I've got to do this. My weight's overweight. I said, look, here's the reality.

I said, this is the truth. You've got a chance next week to redeem yourself. And it starts now. What are you going to do with it? There's going to come a time when it's over. And then what do you do? That's life in general.

We have a chance. In fact, I say you never know when it ends. My dad died at 56. And I was 32 or 33. And I thought I was really young. I mean, I'm almost my dad's age.

And it's kind of like, buddy, I do the physicals and do all the things I need to do. He didn't, in spite of me trying to say, Dad, you need to get a physical. He didn't take really good care of himself. He just thought he was going to live forever. That mentality, his age, or definitely before him, other generations, I'm sure you say, you need to go see a doctor. I ain't going to see no doctor.

I don't care how tough you are when it's your time. But he had apparently had had two other heart attacks that no one knew. The autopsy showed that there was a massive heart attack.

He was driving down the road. Again, he was 56. I'm 50 now, 56. There was a time when 50 was like, dang, he's 50, sold.

Now I'm like, 56, ain't that? It's really unfair. I look at it as when people are like that, like my dad was. It's really unfair to everyone else that you would be that selfish that you wouldn't take care of yourself.

Do it for the kids, your wife, or whatever. If you think about me, you with the kids, if you just neglected, you'd feel terrible. Well, that's what you do when you don't take care of yourself.

If you just walked away from them, that's really kind of the same thing. When it's your time, it's your time, but I'm going to try to hang on as long as I can. And you've been listening to Brett Favre, part four of our five-part series about so much. And my goodness, him talking about humility, having to look up the word so that those words could approximate what he was thinking about. And my good looking back at our lives, we can all do that.

If we're not, we're really not living right. How we looked and did things 10 years ago, hopefully we're doing better now. We have this five-part series from Brett Favre, but no one has anything like it. And that's what we do here on this show. And whether it's the life of Brett or Henry Ford, where we talk to great historians about him, or the Steinway family, or my goodness, our Dred Scott on Spikes story by George Will about Kurt Flood. It's just a beautiful story.

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