Quick thinking, spontaneity and grace under pressure happen to be vital qualities for an NFL quarterback to possess. They are also qualities that a good color commentator must possess.
As such, it comes as little surprise that several NFL quarterbacks -- including Troy Aikman and Steve Young -- have forged notable broadcasting careers after their playing days were done. Another Super Bowl-winning signal caller is now looking to make a living calling games from the booth: Brett Favre.
Favre was on hand at M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Saturday to call a game between the Owls and his alma mater, the University of Southern Mississippi.
After his debut, the Internet's authority on mediocre sports broadcasting Awful Announcing was just happy that the flip-flopping gunslinger didn't hint at returning to the field of play. Meanwhile, college football blogger Dr. Saturday was unimpressed by Favre's debut, saying "[He] might not want to quit his day job -- whatever that is these days."
Favre admitted that he was nervous on-air prior to the game, and it's understandable given the fact that he's made clear that he's more comfortable playing football than watching it. Based on his early reviews, it seems like viewers might also prefer to watch him than to hear him.
Favre may not be the most natural fit as a commentator, but let's face it: If former Lions GM Matt Millen -- the architect of the only winless team in NFL history -- can receive legal tender in exchange for his football analysis, Favre most definitely has a shot at making it in this business.
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CORRECTED: An earlier version of this story asserted that Southern Mississippi University is Brett Favre's alma mater. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. Moreover, the game was played at M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, Miss., not Rice Stadium