For any of us under the illusion that professional sports is “just a game,” here’s another bit of evidence to dissuade you: MSNBC reports that Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre will play in tonight’s game despite the tragic loss of his father only yesterday:

Brett Favre̢۪s father died Sunday of a heart attack or a stroke while he was driving, Mississippi state police said. Irvin Favre was 58.

Favre went off the road at 5:23 p.m. near Kiln, the hometown of Brett, a three-time NFL most valuable player for the Green Bay Packers.

The decision is understandable–the hopes of an entire team, not to mention a city, rest of Favre’s shoulders. But it’s a sobering situation, to say the least.

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  1. Rodney Dill says:

    A little more information, here at the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel site.

  2. Paul says:

    WOW… While it is easy to be cynical, I feel for the guy.

    I think it is safe to say, nobody wants to make that choice.

    How horrible.

  3. brayden says:

    He does have a reputation to uphold as the toughest man in the NFL. Games always involve contests of reputation and status. Ask any 3rd-grade kickball player.

  4. Rodney Dill says:

    Great game for Favre, though it probably had a lot to do with how weak the Raiders played. It seems that Favre made the right choice for himself, and not just because they won the game. He will be able to spend a lot of time with his mother in the coming months as the loss begins to wear on her. I say this from some knowledge as my father passed away in September, though in somewhat less emotional circumstances.