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What can we all learn from the tragic death of Brett Favre's father? Plenty, says the WB's Robert Lipsyte.

Updated: December 23, 2003, 9:52 AM ET

FATHERS PLAYING CATCH WITH SONS ...

The death of any son's father is a sad event. When the son is a three-time NFL MVP about to play a crucial game on national TV and the father was his mentor, his coach and his friend -- and the death happens four days before Christmas -- the poignancy is heartbreaking, even for people who didn't know either Irvin or Brett Favre.

But this is more than just a sad story, says the Writers' Bloc's Robert Lipsyte. It's also an affirming story -- the ...

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