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Putting Brett Favre in Perspective

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A Green Bay Packer icon, Brett Favre, announced his retirement on March 4, 2008 after 17 seasons in the NFL. Favre was the 33rd pick in the second-round of the 1991 draft. He had played his college ball at Southern Mississippi and was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons.

He spent one year with the Falcons and played in two games. The quarterback had no completions and threw two interceptions. The next year, Favre went to the Green Bay Packers. He became a legend with the Packers.

Favre was durable. A real rough and tough guy. In 16 seasons with Green Bay, he played and in all but one regular season game, competing in a total of 257 regular season games.

His numbers are extremely impressive. He threw for a total of 61,655 yards completing 5,377 of his 8,759 passes. He connected on 61.4-percent of his throws. He hit for 442 touchdowns while throwing 288 interceptions. His quarterback rating stands at 85.7.

Although not the most mobile QB, he rushed for 1,786 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. Favre fumbled a total of 33 times, losing 11. He averaged 3.2 yards per carry and picked up 123 first downs on the ground.

Favre was the ultimate team leader. He played hurt and played sick. Always trying to make something happen in the game when all seemed lost, he was a true field general. He improvised when needed, pushing himself as much as he could to find a way to win. Favre was simply a competitor who never gave up. Here’s how he matches up with other NFL quarterbacks.

He possesses the record for the most consecutive starts—189. He’s earned the most MVP awards—three. He recorded those consecutively from 1995- 1997. His 125 wins ranks him third overall. Only John Elway with 148 and Dan Marino with 147 have more victories. His 346 TD passes are second only to Marino who had 420. He ranks second in most 3,000-plus yard seasons with a dozen. Favre tied Marino for first place in consecutive seasons with at least 20 touchdown passes. Both had 10 seasons.

In the playoffs, he started 22 games and won 12. He threw for 5,311 yards, hit for 39 touchdowns and gave up 28 interceptions. He guided Green Bay to the playoffs 11 times. He’s tied for first in two onerous categories—most career playoff loses (10 with Marino) and most career playoff interceptions thrown (28 with Jim Kelly). But he was also second in most career playoff completions (438), most career playoff pass attempts (721), most career playoff passing yards (5,311) and most career playoff passing touchdowns (39). Joe Montana is first in each of those categories.

But Farve won just one Super Bowl, beating the New England Patriots 35-21 in Super Bowl XXXI, which was played on January 26, 1997. Farve appeared in one more Super Bowl. That was in 1998 when the Pack met and lost to the Denver Broncos by a score of 31- 24.

There’s no doubt that Green Bay’s Brett Farve will be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on the first ballot. He’s too good not to be. Football fans will miss his courage, competitive spirit and skilled talent. He was one of a kind.