A thrill one minute and a heartbreak every other—that’s veteran football QB Brett Favre’s operatic career in a nutshell. And when Favre abandoned New York after only one year, the Jets found the perfect successor: Mark Sanchez. Giving away the farm for the right to draft the USC quarterback was a big gamble, but it started paying off from the start of the season. Like Favre, the kid’s got charm, charisma, and skill, with that dose of recklessness that makes fans want to either kiss him or kill him. And, like Favre, Sanchez has enough big plays in him that fans will probably forgive those fumbles and interceptions.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 21, 2009