ESPN trotted out former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre on Tuesday. The network was putting on a show for advertisers and Favre was there to hype Monday Night Football, which ESPN has handed over to Sean McDonough, following Mike Tirico’s departure.
McDonough will team with Favre’s old pal and lover of every player who ever stepped foot on a football field, Jon Gruden.
How does Favre fit it?
The revamped Monday Night team’s first broadcast will be the Hall of Fame game between the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts on August 7. The Packers are being forced to play in that contest because Favre is headlining the 2016 Hall of Fame class.
That has Favre feeling a little anxious.
“It will be emotional,” Favre said. “I feel the, I don’t know if it’s pressure but there’s more anxiety — in a good way. I think in my case and probably for all the guys who have gone before you, you want to express yourself in a way that people can understand and express your gratitude but also thank the people who are most important. You only get one shot, and so when it’s over, I don’t want to be one of those [who forgets someone] because I played 20 years and there’s a lot of people that are important to me — players and non-players — so I’m looking forward to it.”
It’s the latter part of that statement that has us worried.
Although I didn’t personally watch it, Shawn told me all about Favre’s Packers Hall of Fame induction. How it was excruciating to watch because Favre rambled on thanking everyone from every guy who ever coached him to the Lambeau Field janitor.
It sounds like his plan for his Pro Football Hall of Fame speech isn’t going to deviate at all.
And that will probably make for some really terrible viewing.
On the plus side, at least he won’t be throwing an interception to Corey Webster.