Brett Favre was among the NFL luminaries who filed into the Reed Green Coliseum on the campus of Southern Miss to pay their final respects to slain former quarterback Steve McNair. Of course the Southern Miss campus is in Hattiesburg, so Favre didn’t have far to drive. I’m not sure why the Pro Football Hall of Fame is in Canton, Ohio, since Hattiesburg, Mississippi seems to be the actual center of the NFL universe.
In a convergence of potential future NFL North combatants, Favre mingled in the crowd with one Jay Cutler, newly-minted Chicago Bears quarterback and savior. Remember that, before (certain delusional) Vikings fans zeroed in on Favre as the man to lift the burden of eternal failure from their shoulders, it was Cutler who was rumored to be on his way to Minnesota. But, for some reason, Brad Childress decided he didn’t like the cut of Cutler’s jib, or whatever, and passed on him in favor of the broken-down old Wranglers pitchman.
Of course the occasion had nothing to do with Favre or Cutler (unlike the rest of this off-season, which has been mostly about them), but was all about remembering Steve McNair, as gritty and gutty a competitor who ever strapped on a helmet. His murder by his disturbed mistress will have to go down as one of the most shocking stories in NFL history. Right up there with Packers icon Brett Favre becoming a Minnesota Viking.