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Peter King Falls Out of Love with Brett Favre

Every hero needs someone to champion his heroics. Samuel Johnson had Boswell, the Kennedys got their reputations buffed by Arthur Schlesinger Jr., and Sidney Blumenthal massaged the Clintons. Fred Barnes defended George W. Bush when no one else would. Pauline Kael forever touted Brian De Palma. And Brett Favre has always had Peter King.

King and Favre are the sports world's leading symbiotes. For two decades and 78 retirements and unretirements"”including Tuesday's signing with the Minnesota Vikings"”the quarterback has given Sports Illustrated's football scribe unrivaled access to his life and inner thoughts. In return, King has lovingly documented Favre's on-the-field derring-do and off-the-field tractor-riding and lawn-mowing. For King, the QB has been...

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