QB gunslinger, also Catholic

tjndc5-5j16avw3z9wkbdewo5g_layout1.jpgIn the sports world, much has been made of the recent retirement of Packers QB Brett Favre.

As a big football fan, I’ve always admired Favre’s aggressive play and off-the-field modesty (although I could do without seeing his Wrangler jeans commercial for the billionth time).

Through his long career, I don’t think I ever heard a word about Favre’s Catholic faith. I guess his wife wrote a bit about it in her recent book about surviving cancer.

But I came across an unusual column by Joseph Kip Kosek, an assistant prof of American Studies at George Washington University. He writes that Favre is: “a peculiar Christian athlete whose career defies familiar evangelical optimism in favor of a darker, distinctly Catholic vision.”

In other words, Favre is no Kurt Warner. (If you don’t follow football and you don’t know who Warner is, forget the whole thing…)

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.