Brett Favre did not respect his teammates

The New Orleans Saints defeated the Minnesota Vikings in the opening game of the NFL season last night by a score of 14-9. That’s hardly news to most of you reading this blog. What you may not have thought about is why the Vikings lost. I’m not a Vikings nor a Saints fan. So, you won’t hear me bellyaching about officiating or making excuses for poor play. However, the Vikings loss can be attributed to the behavior of its quarterback – Brett Favre.

Favre threw an interception when his receiver was double-covered. He also threw several passes that skipped off the turf, went over receivers’ heads, and others to no one in particular. NBC analyst Chris Collinsworth said it best. “These guys just haven’t worked together. It’s as simple as that.” We all know the story. Favre took the entire off-season to make a decision on retirement. Two weeks into training camp and still no decision, three of his teammates flew down to his home to convince him to come back.

Last night’s performance showed more than a lack of preparation on the part of Favre. His performance showed a lack of respect for his teammates. In the booklet A Standard Higher Than Victory, Bruce Brown describes respect as being a key component of a successful team. “An athlete demonstrates respect by developing consistent work habits. Work builds the reputation for responsibility and accountability and is sincerely appreciated by teammates. Like other character traits, it becomes who you are (a good and dependable worker), and proudly spreads to the entire team.”

Brown goes on to convey the five points necessary to foster respect on a sports team. Ironic, isn’t it? Five points will build respect on a team and the Vikings lost by five points. A Standard Higher Than Victory covers several other character topics as well and is available in the Cardinals Care Package. Click here to get your Cardinals Care Package free of charge from the St. Louis Sports Foundation. Respect does not guarantee victory, but a lack of respect guarantees defeat. Until next time…

Be a Good Sport!

-Sol

6 thoughts on “Brett Favre did not respect his teammates

  1. well, I disagree. Sportsmanship is not about winning,it's about how you behave, how you act, the type of person you are. if his teammates bothered to travel to Mississippi to get him, it appears they value him. from all I have read about Brett Favre, including the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year cover story a few years ago, he seems like a good guy. he is popular with his teammates. remember the game he played after his father died, how his teammates supported him? so he lost a game to the super bowl champions 14-9 in the first game of the season. who cares? the man doesn't need to be in training camp as much as a younger quarterback. the Vikings want him because they think he can get the job done. too often we listen to bilious sportswriters or sports talk nudniks who have too much time to fill complain about someone like Favre because they think it will fill up newsprint or kill air time. Favre is a great quarterback, he's not perfect. There appears to be plenty of jerks in the NFL and elsewhere, from what I can see and read, Brett is not one of them.

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  2. D.J. –

    Thanks for your input. It means a lot. You're right. Sportsmanship is not about winning the game, but having a winning attitude. I don't think Brett is a bad guy, but last night's loss does make you think. Brett knew they were playing the champs the first game of the season and he blew off camp anyway. Other guys were lifitng, running, and studying film.

    I know he's a great quarterback. There's a jacket in Canton with his name on it. But if the Vikings continue to lose, is giving him all this special treatment worth it? Is he so valuable that he doesn't have to do anything the other guys do? I contend that Brett is great but not the greatest. Drew Brees looked like he'd been to practice. Brett did not.

    Thanks again for posting. Please keep reading.
    -Sol

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  3. There may be no “I” in “team”, but there is “me,” and Brett Favre is an example.

    When a team leader (and, by the nature of the position, the starting QB is always a team leader) skips training camp for whatever reason, it sends a message to the team that the leader put himself above the team.

    For several seasons, the Rams' Orlando Pace missed most of training camp while negotiating contracts. While, later in his career, he did attend the full camp, by then the impression was made with many.

    Did the Rams not win because Pace missed camp? Hard to say, but it didn't help. Collinsworth, named a Pro Bowl wide receiver three times in his eight NFL seasons, speaks with authority about the importance of timing between QB and receiver and its lack in early season games.

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  4. Since when do players get to choose if they go to training camp or not? I think the loss the other night may be an indication that they haven't practiced as a team because he skipped the whole camp. What kind of a leader does that? I do think Favre is a good guy, but leaders don't skip practice while everyone else is there working hard for the upcoming season.

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