I did not have a chance to present the Revolutionary Paideia August 2010 Person of the Month at the end of last month, but I have selected Brett Favre. The Revolutionary Paideia Person of the Month is given to a person, living or dead, who embodies the spirit of “unsettling, unnerving, and unhousing” that founded this blog. Without question, Brett Favre is worthy of this honor. He is a person who has the courage to do things his way—without any remorse or second thought. In a nation with too many fakes, Brett Favre is refreshingly the real thing.
Although people get angry with Brett for waiting until the last minute to decide whether or not he is going to play each season (after his initial retirement), I don’t have a problem with this at all. The man has a right to do this. It is obvious that Brett does not care too much for pre-season training, so he holds out on his decision to play until it is about over. I don’t see anything wrong with that. When you have been as successful as Brett, the players and coaches should not look for you to have to practice the entire pre-season in the first place. When you think about the fact that Brett is 245 years old (LOL!) and is still able to play like a very young man, you have to respect his great talent and toughness.
Brett does not allow negative criticism of him in the media to affect him in any way. It takes a strong person to not allow the great criticism he receives to affect him. Brett understands that with great success comes great criticism. I look forward to him letting the negative criticism he has received motivate him to have yet another tremendous season.
Brett Favre, for your unwillingness to allow negative criticism of you to have no impact on your decision making and who you are, Revolutionary Paideia salutes you. It is a pleasure to endorse you and present you with the Revolutionary Paideia August 2010 Person of the Month.
Antonio Maurice Daniels
University of Wisconsin-Madison