I watched the Bears v Vikings game last night until the glorious ending. Until the Colts came to Indiana, I was a Bears fan. Walter is still one of my all time favorite layers. Singletary, Ditka, the Fridge, I enjoyed them all. And the troubled Jay Cutler is a Hoosier, so I have wanted him to excel. I was glad to see him have a great night. But my single biggest observation was watching Brett Favre lead his team at the end of the game. Brett is as passionate a leader as I have seen, but he blurs the lines. I observed a man who does not understand his role on the team. Favre believes he should be able to trunp the decision of his own coach. I have now seen this play out several times. Great players, even great leaders, must know when to follow. Favre does not. By ignoring or agruing with his coach he tells the rest of his team they don't really need to follow the orders of their coach if they disagree strongly enough.
Now contrast the Colts this weekend. You could see how badly Peyton wanted to be out there winning that game. Mannings' frustration was palpable. But, he showed self control. As a leader, he led by his example to follow the order that has been established. His teammates saw that and followed his lead. Honestly, I think the passion to win is the same in Favre and Manning. The difference in the game and I think in life too, is knowing when to lead and when to follow. I believe that one day Peyton will own all the meaningful records in the NFL for QB's if he choses to play that long. But I have gained more respect for his as a man, as a teammate and as a leader. Manning will succeed in life with or without football because he has his priorities straight.