This is kind of amusing.
Amusing because the Green Bay Packers once offered Brett Favre $20 million to stay off the field and take some sort of vague marketing job with the organization.
He, of course, went and stained his legacy with the Minnesota Vikings instead.
But hey, all of that is forgotten… mostly.
Favre now sounds like he wants to coach once his daughter Breleigh’s college volleyball career is over. She’ll be a freshman at Southern Miss this fall.
“That type of stuff has crossed my mind,” Favre said on Wilde and Tausch. “It’s being involved in the game in some aspect. I talked about this a lot about when I coached high school football for two years, it really wasn’t on my radar. My dad did it for many, many, many years and the head coach here at Oak Grove kind of talked me into it. I thought, I just don’t have anything left in the tank from a competitive side. What type of coach would I be? I always thought I would be a good coach but I didn’t know if I had the effort in me. Well, I did. I’ll tell you what, it was a joy.”
“I feel like that if I don’t coach or work at that level in some point of my life,” he said, “that I’m going to waste a lot of knowledge that I have.”
It’s interesting. By and large, it seems like great players aren’t great coaches.
The first example that always comes to mind is Magic Johnson coaching the Los Angeles Lakers in 1994. He stepped down with a 5-11 record.
A little closer to home, you’ve got Bart Starr and Forrest Gregg. Starr was 52-76-3 and Gregg was 75-85-1 as head coaches.
I’ve always thought there was a disconnect with guys who were stars. They can’t necessarily relate to players who aren’t as good as they were. Or in other cases, it’s an era thing. As a coach, you do things like they were done when you played, rather than adapt to how the league has evolved.
The guys who evolve with the league are guys who have been in the coaching ranks for years.
Favre doesn’t have to be a head coach, of course. Maybe he’d make a great quarterbacks coach or offensive coordinator.
Then again, you don’t see a lot of star players in those positions either.
The Packers should probably just give Favre an office upstairs and let him hang out and tell stories.