Farewell to Favre
It appears like Brett Favre’s career is slowly crawling to an unceremonious conclusion and despite his brilliant play on the gridiron, his off-field transgressions seem to take center stage. From his hokey-pokey retirement dance to his recent sexting incident, Favre certainly has managed to prove that he’s much like the rest of us – human. However, his efforts between the field goal posts are anything but human.
First of all, the guy played every game, 321 total including payoffs, from September 20, 1992 to January 20, 2008. This is a feat that will never be duplicated…NEVER. In Super Bowl XXXI, Favre threw for 246 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a 54-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the game. He went on to also complete an 81-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Freeman in the second quarter (then a Super Bowl record). Favre rushed for 12 yards and another touchdown, on the way to victory over the New England Patriots, 35–21.
In 2003, on the day after his father passed away, Favre lit up the Oakland Raiders for four touchdowns in the first half on Monday night. He went on to pass for 399 yards on the way to a spectacular performance that even caused the notoriously ill-tempered Rader Nation to applaud.
In 2007, the Packers defeated the Giants to give Favre his record-setting 149th win, surpassing the legendary John Elway. He also rested the all-time touchdown passing record (421) from another Hall of Famer, Dan Marino, with a ho-hum 16-yearder to Greg Jennings against the Vikings. On November 4, 2007, Favre became only the 3rd quarterback to defeat all thirty-one other current NFL teams. And his list of accomplishments goes on; literally too long to cite in this post.
If this truly is his last season, and that’s a big if, he will leave behind a legacy of greatness rivaled by only the best who have ever taken a snap in the NFL, such as Montana, Bradshaw, Manning, Elway, Marino and Brady. Pretty exclusive company for a nobody out of Southern Miss.
As the sun begins to set on Brett Favre’s illustrious career, let’s take a moment to celebrate what he did right on the field, instead of what he’s done wrong off the field.