Say what you will about former Packer quarterback Brett Favre, but, if a recent article featuring his oldest daughter Brittany Favre-Mallion is any indication, the man and his wife Deanna have done an excellent job raising their daughters.
The article celebrates Favre-Mallion’s law school graduation and offers important insight into her motivation.
“Mom’s dream was for me to be self-sufficient,” she says in it. “She wants me to be financially independent, but mostly she just wants me to have something that I’ve earned, that no one can take away from me.”
With a widely reported net worth of $100 million, the Favre’s could have allowed themselves to fall into the same parental snare that traps other wealthy people — the belief that wealth would be enough to protect their daughters.
Instead, from a young age, the couple championed a strong work ethic.
In the article Brittany recalls a Saturday morning when she was in high school and her dad woke her up to go for a run.
“I told him he was out of his mind if he thought I was going to get up for a run,” she recalled.
The Pro Bowl quarterback responded with a life lesson for all of us.
“I don’t want to go for a run today, either,” he said. “But you know those guys that’ll be chasing me around on the field in a few months? They’re running today.”
That morning talk made a lasting impression on Brittany.
“The most important lesson I learned from my dad is that at the end of the day, you just have to put in the work. There’s really no way around it,” she says.