Sports Illustrated bids Brett Favre "A Long, Painful Farewell"

Brett Favre: Times change.

Brett Favre: Times change.

Piling on, or maybe not wanting to be outdone by the likes of Deadspin and TMZ, Sports Illustrated has officially fallen madly out of love with Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.

The striptease-quality moments that led to his return in August. The penis pictures. The losing season. It's all too much for writer Michael Rosenberg.

And for Favre's family, too, it seems.


Favre's mother, Bonita, hasn't attended a single Vikings game this year. His brother Scott drove from his home in Mississippi to the opener in nearby New Orleans, but that was it. His sister, Brandi, says, "Every other year I wanted him to come back and play. This season can't end quick enough for me.

No argument on that last point. Although Tarvaris Jackson does give one hope. But Bomita especially must have given Rosenberg an earful of material, because he weaves his end-of-the-career profile around the worried mother's outspoken fears. How she can't get him to quit his football habit. How she left church embarrassed one day after the Jenn Sterger story broke. How she aches with all his injuries.


As she sat in her kitchen in Kiln, Miss., recently, talking about the most famous of her four children, the first thing Bonita Favre said was, "He would have been a good only child.

"I'll be so glad when the year is over," Bonita says, "because 10 years from now he's gonna pay for this."

"If he goes back, he's really crazy," Bonita says. "I can't imagine what would drag him back."

What a change from last summer, when Men's Journal declared Favre A Very Happy Man.

Read the whole Sports Illustrated piece here.