With Brett Favre retiring from the NFL for good (or is he?), the last ball tossed by the Green Bay gunslinger is certain to be a valuable addition to the Hall of Fame (or some very rich Packers fan’s personal collection). But they’ll have to get it from Greg Gadson first.
(Lt. Col. Greg Gadson with Robert Duvall)
The ASSOCIATED PRESS reports Favre’s final game ball is in the hands of Lt. Col. Gadson, an army officer who lost both his legs in Iraq.
Since losing his legs in a roadside bomb attack last May, Gadson had served as a motivational figure for the New York Giants, meeting & speaking with the team throughout their Super Bowl season. When Corey Webster intercepted Favre’s last pass in the NFC Championship game in January, the cornerback gave the ball to Gadson.
Right before the Super Bowl, Gadson said Webster had a chance to get it back:
“That Saturday practice before the Super Bowl, I told Corey he could have the ball back. I said, ‘Just let me know and you can have it back,’ but he told me that he wanted me to keep it, and that really symbolized to me what this Giants team was about. That was such an unselfish act.”
Maybe so, but sacrificing your body in defense of your country definitely tops that.