Luxemburg teen writes and reflects about Favre

By | March 13, 2009

One year ago, Brett Favre was featured on the front page of The Compass. Following the March 4, 2008, announcement of his retirement, I contacted Catholic leaders, who either knew or had crossed paths with the three-time NFL MVP, for their comments.

The Favre story prompted a conversation and a follow-up letter from Peter Arendt of Luxemburg, who sent me an editorial written by his grandson.

Brandon Kinnard, now a senior, writes the monthly “Sports Talk” in the Spartan Times, the Luxemburg-Casco High School newspaper. He dedicated his March 2008 column to Favre.

Kinnard, a member of St. Mary Parish, Luxemburg, praised Favre not only for his accomplishments on the field, but his perseverance in dealing with a life threatening automobile accident while in college, his addiction to pain killers, the death of his father and his wife Deanna’s battle with breast cancer. “Maybe it was those hardships that he suffered that made us love him even more,” he wrote.

Much has happened since the editorial was published. So what does Kinnard think of the events of the past year surrounding his favorite all-time Packer?

“I really haven’t touched that subject (in Sports Talk),” he said. “I remember finding out about his retirement. I was at school. It was devastating for me. The guy was an icon. He started every game and was the face of the city. He took the Packers into the national spotlight.”

Favre arrived in Green Bay via trade in 1992, when Kinnard was only a year old. He was the only quarterback fans of his age ever knew until this past season.

“I wrote the column that night (March 4), and it ran a couple weeks later,” said Kinnard. “I used my emotions to write it. People really seemed to like it.”

Kinnard admits that, in retrospect, he has to side with management in the decisions made after Favre came out of retirement.

“The team moved on without him for workouts and minicamps,” he said. “I don’t believe it was a rash decision.”

Nonetheless, seeing Favre in a Jets’ uniform was difficult, said Kinnard. Some of his favorite memories of the future Hall of Famer are Super Bowl XXXI and the Dec. 23, 2003, game in Oakland following the death of Irv Favre.

Kinnard recently wrapped up his basketball season as the Spartans were defeated in the opening round of regionals by Wrightstown. Despite finishing with a 7-14 record, he said it was a fun experience.

“My dad still talks about high school basketball from 25 years ago,” he said. “I’m sure I will be doing the same thing 25 years from now.”

He also represents LC as a member of the golf team, and has high expectations for this year’s squad.

“We should have a solid team,” he said. “We made it to sectionals last season and have four or five golfers returning, so hopefully we can advance to state.”

Kinnard, who is also a member of the choir and performs in musicals at LC, will attend the University of Minnesota in the fall to study journalism. He is leaning towards broadcasting, but has not ruled out print media. Working for ESPN tops his list of dream jobs, and Favre is his dream interview. He hopes to be at Lambeau Field when jersey #4 is retired.

“I’m on the season ticket waiting list, but that will be another 40 years,” said Kinnard. “My grandpa has season tickets. I really pushed him hard for tickets to the opener against Minnesota this past year when the team was supposed to retire Brett’s number. I would really love to be there.”

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