Brett Favre Vents Frustration With Controversy in Sports: ‘It’s Not About the Game Anymore’

by Thad Mitchell

Legendary National Football League quarterback Brett Favre made some interesting comments recently that many fans may agree with.

Appearing on “The Andrew Klavan Show,” Favre says the game has become too political. Favre says the overriding political themes often found in today’s NFL are a turnoff to himself and many fans. The three-time NFL MVP loves the game of football and wishes for it to be appreciated for its competitive aspect.

“I know when I turn on a game, I want to watch a game,” he says. “I want to watch players play and teams win, lose, come from behind.”

Favre is echoing the sentiments of many who enjoy the game of football, not for political display, but for the game itself. The NFL Hall of Famer believes many fans tune in to get relief from the stress of everyday life. He says outside influences can impact the enjoyment of a football game in a negative capacity.

“I want to watch all the important parts of the game, not what’s going on outside of the game,” Brett Favre says. “And I think the general fan feels the same way. I can’t tell you how many people have said to me, ‘I don’t watch anymore, it’s not about the game anymore.’ And I tend to agree.”

Brett Favre Wants Sports to Become Less Political

Simply put, Brett Favre is one of the greatest football players to ever buckle up a chin strap. He was a dominant force in an era where parity was quietly becoming the norm. Favre played in the NFL for two decades, concluding a Hall of Fame career. H spent the majority of his illustrious with the Green Bay Packers. He also had brief stints with the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Jets. The quarterback was a force to be reckoned with through the entirety of his career until announcing his retirement from the league in 2010. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

Post-retirement, Favre says his love of the game still remains strong and he enjoys watching games. While he holds his own personal political beliefs, he says the football field should be a place where champions are made — not political statements.

“It’s really a shame that we’ve come to this,” he says.