Editor’s Note: With the Super Bowl approaching on February 2, 2014 we here at Triple B dug into the archives to find some observations on the 10th Anniversary of our coverage of Super Bowl XXXVIII played in Houston, TX on February 1, 2004. Today we take a look back at how one future Hall of Fame quarterback spent his Super week a decade ago.
In a surprise appearance at Super Bowl media land Wednesday Brett Farve accepted the first annual award for the NFL’s Hungriest Player.
The appearance was a surprise both in that it was not in the media handbook of events, and in the soul-bearing glimpse into the mindset of the recipient.
While many of the awards this week have been little more than a grip and grin opportunity for companies to plug their products and for athletes to recite the company line about how happy they are to win and/or to be nominated, the Favre press conference offered a look at a truly broken man who seemed to want to be anywhere but on the stage receiving an award from a candy bar maker four days before the Super Bowl.
A casually dressed Favre slowly made his way onto the stage pausing just briefly to accept a football as an award from his candy benefactors before heading to the microphone to tackle questions from reporters.
While Favre tried to be a trooper and grin for the cameras even going so far as to say that he eats a lot of snickers, the mood in the room was soon darkened as questions began to circle around Favre’s performance during the games following his award winning effort and his thoughts about the two teams vying for the big trophy named after the famous coach of his Packers.
When asked who he liked to win the game on Sunday, Favre quipped back by asking “who’s playing?”
While it seemed like a joke at first it was soon clear to all of the reporters in the room that it really did not matter to Favre which teams were in the game since one of the teams was not his Green Bat Packers.
Further going against the company line of the NFL being one big happy family Favre said that he was not going to watch this or any other Super Bowl.
Favre’s statement produced an angry glare from the NFL PR person standing nearby.
Noticing the glance Favre responded by saying, “I am sure there will be a lot of people watching the game in my place. I will hear who won the game on Monday.”
While Favre’s attitude towards watching the game seemed to go against everything I had seen in previous press conferences during the week it was refreshing to see a player genuinely upset when he comes so close to the ultimate game only to fall short.
While his season ended sooner than he had hoped there was at least one good thing to come out of it according to Favre.
“I was able to watch my oldest daughter play basketball when we got back to Mississippi,” Favre said. “That was the first game I have been able to see all year. Players get upset when the season ends early, but kids don’t care. In some ways it is good to have something else to do.”
Favre’s mood seemed to brighten a bit when he was asked to describe player introductions at the Super Bowl.
“I don’t know how to describe it,” Favre said. “It is something that every kid has dreamt about and when you are there it is just a wonderful feeling.”
A feeling that is probably a little more wonderful if you happen to be snacking on a satisfying candy bar that is packed with peanuts.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I am craving a Snickers bar for some reason.
Copyright 2004 R. Anderson, Reposted 2014
Editor’s Note: Next up in the archives we look at how hall of famer John Elway spent his Super Bowl week a decade ago.