As we got up to
leave, Brooke got a mischievous look in her eye and asked me for a penny.
"Hey, Brett," she said, "here's your lucky penny for Sunday. You
know, 'Find a penny, pick it up, all the day you'll have good luck.' Carry this
with you, and you'll win." He thanked her and put the penny in his pocket.
Brooke asked for only one thing: to have her picture taken with Brett and
hours. Denver 31, Green Bay 24. In the postgame interview area, Favre, still in
uniform, spotted me, and when he was done answering questions, he reached
inside his high right sock. He pulled out a very sweaty penny. "Tell Brooke
sorry," he said with a wry smile. "I guess it wasn't very lucky for me
kidding!" I said. "You had that penny in your sock all game?"
course," he said. "She said it'd be lucky."
Don't ask me how I
could forget, but I never told Brooke what happened to the penny--until I
phoned her last week.
"No way! Oh my
God, that's insane!" said Brooke, now a sophomore at Cardiff University in
Wales. I asked Brooke (double majoring in Spanish and philosophy, by the way)
if she remembered much about that night. "Are you kidding? I was sooooo
stoked! One of my 10 most memorable nights ever! Do you know what I have on my
bulletin board here? That photo of me, you and Brett! I look so tiny!"
Then she turned
serious. "Before that night, I thought famous people were different from
regular people. I thought they were a level above us," Brooke said.
"But Brett was so normal. How many times can you say you were accepted into
a family you'd never met before in a matter of minutes, and such a famous
family? It may sound corny, but that night changed the way I look at people
I told Brooke, who
doesn't follow the NFL much in Wales, that Sports Illustrated would be naming
Favre its Sportsman of the Year. And I told her I was watching him on TV at
that moment, against Dallas, and he was running around just like he did that
day 10 years ago in her hometown.
amazing!" she said. And then she paused.
"If he ever
retired, how would the NFL replace him?"