NFL legend Brett Favre endorses Trump for reelection


Brett Favre is speaking up for one of his golfing buddies.

The legendary NFL quarterback waded into the presidential election this week -- and, to little surprise, threw his support behind President Trump.

Favre took to social media on Friday morning to make it official -- this coming only months after he joined the president for a summer golf outing at his country club in Bedminster, N.J.

In a social media post announcing his endorsement, Favre cited traditional conservative issues while explaining why he would be casting his ballot in favor of reelecting Trump.

"My Vote is for what makes this country great, freedom of speech & religion, 2nd Amnd, hard working tax paying citizens, police & military. In this election, we have freedom of choice, which all should respect. For me & these principles, my Vote is for @RealDonaldTrump."

Favre closed the post with a nonpartisan "#Vote" hashtag.

Favre turned heads in July when he hit the links with the president. The two appeared in a viral photo, standing beside each other on a putting green while Trump flashed his trademark grin and thumb's up.

The 50-year-old former Packers, Jets and Vikings quarterback later explained he accepted the invitation for the round of golf more out of respect for the office of the presidency than for any specific political leanings.

"Just to be asked is an honor," Favre said in August.

Still, while Favre played coy, it wasn't hard to read between the lines.

Last week Favre appeared remotely during a town hall with Trump, and lobbed a softball question about mixing "political messaging" with sports.

Favre echoed the questionable narrative that ratings were down for sports programming because of the leagues' recent focus on racial and social justice.

In endorsing Trump this week, Favre joins golf legend Jack Nicklaus and fellow former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler in endorsing Trump this week, among many others, while others had done so previously.

Another football great, Herschel Walker, threw his support behind Trump during the Republican National Convention this summer.

The Trump endorsement is the latest in a series of notable headlines for Favre this year. In the spring he returned over $1M to the state of Mississippi after he unwittingly received embezzled funds for alleged no-show speaking gigs. The money was supposed to have gone to needy families as part of the state's welfare system.

In September Favre was spotted in the stands at a Tampa Bay Bucs game, prompting at least one player to vent over apparent inconsistencies in enforcing coronavirus protocols on game days.

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