Getting a star on the Walk of Fame is a prestigious honor usually given out to television and movie stars. This weekend, however, an unlikely candidate was awarded with this honor, so did the criteria change?
Gather reports that Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant became the first athlete ever to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this weekend. The Walk of Fame is located on the sidewalk outside of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and it is home to some of Hollywood’s most prestigious stars, including George Clooney and Marilyn Monroe. Bryant’s hands and feet were immortalized in the cement because he has been nothing short of a superstar in his professional career.
Bryant has five National Basketball Association Championship rings and also has four All-Star Most Valuable Player awards. Most people consider Bryant to be the greatest basketball player of his generation, and he has definitely pushed his way into the spotlight. Although it might seem like Bryant does not meet the criteria to be on the Walk of Fame, his career accomplishments and professional conduct has undoubtedly earned him this honor. Bryant will likely go down as one of the greatest basketball players in history, and this prestigious honor will cement him into history.
Bryant might be the first to get a star on the Walk of Fame but he should not be the last; there are quite a few athletes who should get this honor. I believe that Brett Favre should get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame due to his professional accomplishments. Although it might seem like Favre might have tarnished his legacy with his off-field antics the past few years, he still is one of the greatest National Football League quarterbacks of all time.
Favre has played in the NFL for 20 years and spent 16 of those years with the Green Bay Packers. Favre has broken many records over the course of his football career, including most consecutive starts as a quarterback, according to his official website. Favre has started 297 regular season games and, if you count postseason games, the number jumps to 321. Favre also has 502 career touchdowns, which is a really great accomplishment.
Favre has also has become the first quarterback in the National Football League to have defeated each of the 32 teams at least once, since the expansion to 32 teams occurred in 2002. Favre has had 11 Pro-Bowl selections in his storied career and has also been on the first or second All-Pro teams six times. Overall, Favre has had a career that most football players dream about but never actually have. With injuries and personal drama during his career, he has been one of the most determined athletes through it all.
When you look at the career Favre has had, it is hard to believe a man could play professional football for 20 years and still have the same love for the game each year. Favre jumps around and smiles like a little child opening Christmas presents, even when things are not going well for the team on the field at that time. He never has given up and has always shown he wants to win for the team and for himself. Favre passed Dan Marino on a number of records, and it seemed unlikely that would ever happen. Favre should also get a star on the Walk of Fame because he is just as polarizing and arrogant as Bryant. There are people who love Favre and hate Favre, or who just want him to go away with his records. Favre might seem like a diva to some, but you cannot look at his career and not see how many accomplishments he has made — and that should be rewarded.
Keith Testa, “Kobe Bryant Immortalized at Grauman’s Theater”, Gather
Official Brett Favre Website, “Favre-O-Meter”
Original Green Bay Packers, “Most Pro-Bowls By Position”
Professional Football Reference, “Brett Favre”