A Closer Look At Brett Favre’s $50K Fine

With Brett Favre’s NFL career likely coming to an end Sunday afternoon as he watched his Vikings from the sideline in street clothes, the attention of most NFL fans will likely be on the legacy that the 41-year-old gunslinger is about to leave behind.  But while they will be busy looking back on the past 20 seasons that Favre spent with the Falcons, Packers, and Vikings, we are not quite finished analyzing the $50,000 fine that he recently received for an incident which occurred during his only season with the New York Jets.

Most of you are probably already aware of the whole voice mail/picture message fiasco that occurred between Favre and Jenn Sterger back in 2008 (if not, you can get updated here, here and here).  After spending several weeks investigating the incident, the league decided to hand Favre a $50,000 fine and no suspension.

So how exactly does this $50k fine stack up against Favre’s yearly income?  The Vikings’ quarterback earned $16-million this season, which averages out to exactly $1-million per game.  Over the course of a 60 minute game, Favre stands to make $16,667 per minute.  That would mean it only takes him approximately 3 minutes to make $50k.  After considering the fact that he spent the entire 60 minutes of his last two games watching from the sidelines, I am going to go out on a limb here and say that the “iron fist” of the NFL acted more like a ruffled feather in this case.

And here is another interesting fact for you to consider: Brett Favre’s $50K fine is the equivalent of a person with an annual income of $50,000 being fined $1.20.  Some punishment that is!

Hat Tip – [ESPN]

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