It was a great ride. Before Brett Favre arrived, the Green Bay Packers were the doormat of the NFC Central division, often in the cellar along with Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In fact, when those two teams played the games were disparagingly referred to as “The Bay of Pigs.”
Green Bay was in a 25 year drought in 1992 when the new general manager, Ron Wolf, traded for a then unknown quarterback whose name no one could even pronounce or spell. Farve? No Favre. Who?
Acquired in the offseason in February 1992, Favre took over for an injured Don Majkowski on September 20th and never relinquished the starting quarterback spot, never missed a game, and proceeded to shatter every record a quarterback can.
Those early years, Favre was at his erratic best. He was a gunslinger through and through and he got burned by his mistakes just as often as he burned defenses. In 1993 he had more interceptions than touchdowns. Many Packer fans of the day were screaming for him to be benched in favor of such notable quarterbacks as Blair Kiel, Ty Detmer, T.J. Rubley, or Mark Brunnel. Some are decent quarterbacks and went on to have adequate careers elsewhere, but none can hold a candle to what Favre has accomplished.
In 1995, Favre was still at the beginning of his illustrious career. Few were convinced of his long-term value to the team. But in October of that year, my wife and I had a son, and we named him Brett after Favre because we both felt deep down that Favre was going to be someone special.
And he did become someone special, the only three-time league Most Valuable Player. He became the league’s Ironman and finished his career having started in 253 consecutive regular season games. As stated earlier, he holds nearly every league record a quarterback can hold. His name will always be listed among the greatest players that have ever played the game of football.
Some of his accomplishments:
Most Passing Yards: 61,655
Most Passing Attempts: 8,758
Most Pass Completions: 5,377
Most Wins by a Starting Quarterback: 160
Most 3000 Yard Passing Seasons: 16
Most Consecutive 3000 Yard Passing Seasons: 16
Most Seasons with 30-Plus Touchdown Passes: 8
Most TD Passes: 442
He did my son’s name proud.
Thank you Brett, for many great years, and even greater memories, as a Green Bay Packer. You will be missed.
For more information on Brett Favre, please visit the Brett Favre Tribute Page at Packers.com.