7 hours ago
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Independence, Integrity, Intelligence
My sister-in-law is entering a contest through her work where she has to write an essay identifying the NFL player or coach (current or former) that best exemplifies the above three qualities. When she first asked me about who she should write about for the contest, I naturally thought Bret Favre was the best choice. I initially responded to her citing his accomplishments, admission and treatment for pain killer addiction, and his continued consecutive start streak through numerous injuries. However, thinking about the question more, Favre's accomplishments don't really reflect the three values cited as the criteria. Who would be other NFL figures that do embody these qualities? I think that part of the problem (with the question), is that these qualities don't necessarily translate into success or popularity in the NFL. Are there any figures in sports (NFL or otherwise) that would embody these qualities?