To Honour with Friendship

Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers: Friends. Photo credit: Ken Blaze, USA Today Sports

If you look, you may find insight anywhere.  Recently Brian Jones with 247 Sports caught my attention with is article, “Aaron Rodgers considers Brett Favre a close friend.” What do very successful football players have to reveal about the curriculum of the spiritual life? For one thing, insight on friendship:

“Green Bay Packers fans know that when Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers were playing together, there was some tension. Rodgers was drafted by the Packers No. 24 overall in 2005 and Favre was not ready to let go of the starting position. The drafting of Rodgers led to him taking over in 2008 and Favre ended up being traded to the New York Jets.

But now that time has passed and Favre is now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it looks like the relationship between Favre and Rodgers is very strong. Rodgers was recently on the Mike Tirico Podcast and he talked about his friendship with the three-time MVP:

“Now I consider him a close friend,” Rodgers said. “We talk a bunch. I went down and visited with him for a couple of days in the offseason and that has really meant a lot to me to find that friendship with Brett again and honor him as a friend and former teammate.”

Notice the choice of words Rodgers uses; how it meant a lot to him to find this friendship and to honour Brett as a friend.  Honour was his verb of choice in befriending his one time competitor, rival, and mentor. Honour is a good word; this is what we do when we give friendship that has cost us something – that has forced us to see something we couldn’t see if we didn’t have this friendship.

Rodgers went on to say that he understands what Favre was going through at the time because he was still playing at a high level. 

“They drafted this young kid from California,” Rodgers said. “He’s 36 turning 37, not ready to retire – the strains that put on our relationship, now we can look back and I think we can have a better appreciation for each other, for me understanding what he was going through, for him understanding what it was like to be 21 and playing with one of your idols. It’s been great to make up for lost time with Brett because he meant a lot for me in my development as a player.”

Make up for lost time: that’s what friendship does.

Is there someone in your life with whom it’s time to make up for lost time?

Don’t wait too long; your moment is now.

About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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