(I know the thing on the sidebar says that I'm supposed to be the "resident comedian" but for this week I'm going to try and do something serious. Hopefully no one minds. If you do mind, please accept this link to the funniest site you'll ever see with my sincerest apologies.)
Like most of you, I've been thinking a lot about Brett Favre's retirement and I started to think about his 17-year career and what Green Bay fans have to be thinking now that someone that's been a constant for almost two whole decades is hanging 'em up. Then I started to think about what it's going to be like when Peyton decides to retire and what that's going to be like. At first, I thought "Well, that's still a long time away, no need to worry about it right now." But then I took a look at his stats page and I realized that this fall Peyton is going to be starting his 11th season. Talk about reality smacking you square in the face. Anyway you look at it, Peyton is already more than halfway through his career.
In his storied career, he's accomplished more than can ever be listed but despite it all, I think at times we still take a player like Peyton for granted. It's human nature, as good as something can be, after a while you'll get used to it, especially if it delivers consistently for a long time. Think about everything in your life that's changed in the last decade, yet in that time one thing has always remained the same: #18 was lining up under center and that regardless of what else was going on in the world, you knew that if he was playing, the Colts had a good shot at winning. Because we're so used to Peyton always going out there and doing his thing at a high level, after a while you can almost lose sight of just how amazing the guy is. Simply put, there aren't a lot of teams in the NFL that have a player that can give you that chance by themselves. There aren't a lot of teams in the NFL that have a had a player like that they could say that about in the last 25 years, if ever.
As we see all the tributes coming in for Brett Favre from his fans who watched him over the last 17 years, let's take this time remind ourselves how great it is that we have one of the great NFL players of all-time on our team right now, because once it's over all we'll have is the memories that are being made right now. You can bet it's what Packers fans are thinking about right now.