Former NFL great Brett Favre said he’s glad he’s retired, given today’s political climate.
Favre, however, waded into politics this fall. He endorsed Donald Trump in this month’s presidential election. And he even appeared at one of Trump’s town hall sessions.
Favre told the president he knows why TV ratings for pro sports are dropping. He believes it’s because fans want to watch the games without overt political messages from the players.
Then earlier this month, Favre told Eric Bolling on “America This Week” he would hate playing, with reporters asking questions about non-football issues in the locker room.
“I’m glad I don’t have to deal with that,” he said of the controversy over the social justice gesture.
“I’m not saying who’s right or wrong,” he said. “There’s a lot of things that need to be fixed in this world. We can all work together.”
Check Out Reaction to What Favre Said
Social media reaction was mixed.
There were far more football fans talking about Favre the player. Favre’s Packers were playing the Chicago Bears Sunday night.
News Flash: Brett Favre Says He Doesn’t Pay Attention To Criticism
Favre was an NFL super star.
He won a Super Bowl with Green Bay. When he retired a decade ago, he was the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards, touchdowns and wins.
Favre broke the NFL record for consecutive starts. The NFL Hall of Fame added Favre in 2016,
In other words, he played a lot of games. He felt the love of fans and the sting of critics.
Bolling asked Favre how much blowback he received for speaking up with Trump.
“I don’t know, to be honest with you,” Favre said. “I don’t pay attention.”
He continued, saying critics, “can’t wait to get on their phones.”
Besides, Favre said, he has more important things to do than pay attention to criticism.