What Will Be Your Professional Legacy?

by Joe Lavelle on October 12, 2010

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The 2010 season is quickly approaching for the National Football League.  Of course, this means it is time for Brett Favre’s annual “I’m Going to Retire . . . No, Not Really” media tour. He recently decided that he owes it to his teammates to try for the championship one more time so he once again will be suiting up in a Minnesota Vikings uniform.  And now, Favre is involved in sex-ting scandal from his time with the Jets.

Brett Favre, who is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the sport, will be turning forty-one during the sixteen-game season.  He already has earned one Lombardi trophy while playing for the Green Bay Packers and he is certain to have a spot in the Hall of Fame.  Despite these amazing accomplishments, will he be remembered for his on again/off again love affair with retirement?  Already, he is making fun of himself in television commercials and he is known as the “quarterback who cried wolf” every time he declares he is hanging up his cleats.

On one hand, you have to admire Favre and his passion for the game.  He continues to train hard, work to improve his game, and offer outreach into the community.  He truly loves the career he has created for himself, through a combination of natural talent and determination, and I know we all want to be able to say the same thing about the job we do every day.  I just hope he is remembered as being one of the greats in his field and a role model upon whom young quarterbacks can look when developing their own careers and not for his mistakes as a Jet.

What do you hope to leave as your professional legacy?  Do you want to walk away when you reach whatever colleagues may consider “the top” of your profession, or do believe you will stay in the game long after others have left and be remembered as a leader who just wanted to keep getting better?

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