Brett Favre On How to Make It to the Hall of Fame

Brett Farve

How To Make It To Hall Of Fame: Do Your Talking On The Field 

Brett Favre and Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison and Orlando Pace and Kevin Greene and Edward DeBartolo Jr. and Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel are the 2016 class that has now been inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.  It’s quite a class. And out of all of them, Brett Favre is probably the biggest name who had the most “game” amongst them. But that doesn’t take away from the others, namely my man Tony Dungy, or a homeboy from Philly, Marvin Harrison.

These all made it into the Hall because of what they said on the field. And that goes for Ed DeBartolo Jr., the former San Francisco 49ers owner who cared for his players and his coaches like a proud father. The players played hard and practiced long and won big season after season, and now they are being recognized and rewarded for their tremendous contributions and influence and impact upon the game.

But it remains that Brett stole the show at the 2016 HOF Ceremony. And what struck me most was that he gave thanks to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brett is one of many, but also one of the most magnificent examples of the intersection of God and sports. So I hope to meet him one day to tell him personally. His speech was one for the ages as he spoke of sports and sportsmanship and faith and fair play and toughness and togetherness. Thanks Brett. You indeed redeemed yourself, and your dad is certainly Godly proud of you. 

So how do you make it to the Hall of Fame? What do you have to do and what do you have to go through and who do you have to know where do you have to go to get into the Hall of Fame? The answer?  Do your talking on the field.  We all know that what you do is more important than what you say, but what you say must be backed up by what you do. Because talk can be cheap.  And what you do can speak louder and sound better and preach harder than anything and everything you say.

So, you don’t have to try to get into the Hall of fame. Just let your life do the talking. Ed DeBartolo, Jr. and Tony Dungy gave inspiring speeches tonight because they have lived inspiring lives. So, if your living has made a difference from the regular and been a departure from the norm and made a distinction among the mundane, you too will be among the names that are listed in life’s hall of fame.

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 “A successful career in the NFL would seem to be a dream come true. Money, notoriety, and accolades. Tony Dungy was living that dream, coaching the perennially losing Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a regular spot in the playoffs. It seemed that everything was working out as planned, until he was fired for not winning the championship. Just what was he going to do now?

Eventually repeating the same success as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Dungy still battled against doubters in his abilities. Could a Super Bowl victory be the only place of redemption? Or was there another, better way, to understand the big picture of his life?”

Start Over!

San Francisco 49ers v Philadelphia Eagles

“I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”  Philippians 3:13-14, New Living Translation

Starting Over.  It’s something we all need to do.  Michael Vick’s story is one of new beginnings.  Yes, I am an Eagles (pronounced Iggles) fan.  Eagles all the way baby! But aside from my allegiance, I root for Michael Vick because his is truly a rags-to-riches back to rags and then to redemption story. Everybody, at some point in their life, needs a new beginning. Everybody can use a fresh start. So start over.  Start over today.

Summary and excerpts from the Book, Finally Free, by Michael Vick: An Autobiography, with Rodney Gardiner (Narrator), Tony Dungy (Foreword)

One of the most talented and polarizing athletes of our generation, Michael Vick’s stunning story has captured news headlines across the nation. From his poverty-stricken youth, to his success on the field in high school and college, to his rise to NFL stardom and his fall from grace, Finally Free shows how a gifted athlete’s life spiraled out of control under the glare of money and fame, aided by his own poor choices. In his own words, Vick details his regrets, his search for forgiveness, the moments of unlikely grace — and the brokenness that brought his redemption on the way to his celebrated return to the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles.

“Michael shared with me how he had drifted away from the Christian faith in which his grandmother had raised him. I gave him a little advice that my Dad had passed on to me years ago.  ‘When you have a problem, don’t dwell on where you are but spend your energy thinking about how you’re going to make the situation better.’

Finally Free tells an amazing story.  It’s not all pretty, but it’s real.  If you’re like me – if you’ve ever done something in your life you wish you could take back – it will encourage you to learn that we serve a God of second chances. The story is not complete by any means, but this book will let you know why I’m so proud of Michael Vick and honored to call him a friend – because he has made the later chapters of his life better than the earlier ones.

And isn’t that what life’s all about?”

Tony Dungy