Brett Favre has gotten plenty of kudos over the last few weeks, and at times it’s even seemed like idol worship. It’s one thing for the sports media to do it – they’ve got to fill their pages and airwaves with something, and it’s deserved in many respects. But Congress, never missing an opportunity to actually do something, is poised to pass a resolution honoring Green Bay’s finest.
Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Appleton, has 68 House members, including the Wisconsin delegation of five Democrats and three Republicans, signing on as sponsors for his Favre resolution. Kagen, whose district includes Lambeau Field, keeps a photograph of Favre on a wall in his Washington office.Here’s a little sampling of Kagen’s HR 697:
Whereas Brett Favre's 16 consecutive years of dedicated service with the Green Bay Packers has enhanced the lives of the people of Northeast Wisconsin and exemplified the Wisconsin work ethic;Amen, Kagen! It’s not the first time Favre has been honored by his government, though. A resolution was passed in 1996 by senators from Mississippi and Wisconsin to commemorate his winning the MVP award that season. That was then. This is now. Doesn’t Favre deserve something more special this time around?
Whereas Brett Favre has demonstrated that hard work and single-mindedness of purpose can bring success, and epitomizes the words of NFL Hall of Fame Coach Vince Lombardi: `People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.'
After all, the resolution is on the House list of non-controversial measures known as suspension bills. The more I learn, the more I’m dismayed, as this is nothing more than a Congressional slap on the back. But even though it’s a symbolic gesture, it’s far from a formality. Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA), a University of Georgia fan, and a smart politician, had the notion to vote against a measure earlier in the year honoring the University of Florida football team. Will a representative from a rival NFC North district step up and vote against this? Congressional debates over football and Brett Favre are just what this nation needs.