Brett Favre was regarded by many as "The Savior to Green Bay" after his first season with the Packers in 1992, leading the Pack to a 9-7 record and earning his first Pro Bowl appearance. The following 2 seasons he led them to back-to-back playoff showings, something that had not been accomplished in Green Bay since 1967. The sports world viewed Favre as a hero; through his performance on the field, his good looks, and his seemingly perfect life. In short, the Halo Effect took over and people assumed that because he was a good looking athlete, he was also (insert any other good quality). Enter 1996. Following back-to-back MVP seasons, Favre was at an all time high. However after the '96 season, it was revealed that he was entering a treatment program for a painkiller addiction. Hello, reality. After coming clean and regaining his legendary status, Favre managed to screw up again in 2010 when it was discovered he sent "racy" pictures to a Jets sports reporter. The man who had it all--money, fame, a beautiful family--proved once again that seeing isn't always believing. Everything in Favre's life seemed stable at first glance, but clearly there was more on his mind. Favre is a prime example of the Halo Effect, and the naive realism we humans frequently view the world with.
Brett Favre...Halo Effect Gone Wrong
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