Favre best in history? He’s not even best in Packers history

Favre fans love to throw out numbers. To make their case that he’s the greatest Quarterback in history they toss out stats like the number of consecutive starts he’s played, the number of games he won, his passing yards, completions, and total number of touchdowns. They usually seem to forget he also is history’s interception leader with 311. Still, these are all great stats, but what do they prove? Nothing. They are all individual stats. Not team stats.

Here are stats that mean something: 1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, and 1996.

Packer fans are nodding knowingly, Favre fans are just clueless. That’s because true Packers fans recognize those as the years the team won the NFL Championship.

And guess what? Out of those 12 championships, only one is attributable to Favre. 1996. One Championship. In 16 years.

Which puts him on par with such notable one Championship quarterbacks as Arnie Herber (1936), Cecil Isbell (1939). and Irv Comp (1944).

So Favre is tied with four other quarterbacks in Packers’ championship history. They account for four titles.

So what quarterbacks are responsible for the other eight titles?

Just two men. Two great Packers quarterbacks.

The 1929, 1930, and 1931 Packers were led by Joseph “Red” Dunn. Red Dunn, according to “The History of the Green Bay Packers” by Larry D. Names, was “the kind of quarterback every team wanted; a selfless signal caller who seldom called his own number but always did his job to the best of his ability.”

Selfless. There’s a quality rarely used to describe Favre.

That leaves five championships left. Do I even need to say it?

Bart Starr. Starr led the Packers to all the Championships in the 1960s, including the first two Superbowls and was even named MVP for those two Superbowls. Starr was the consummate team player and one of the best field generals in the NFL. And lest we forget, he scored the winning touchdown of the greatest NFL game of all time, the Ice Bowl.

So next time someone says that Favre is the greatest quarterback in history and they start throwing out his stats, just remind them that football is a team sport, that championships are what matter, and using that criteria, Favre’s not even the greatest in Packers history, he’s tied for third best.

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2 thoughts on “Favre best in history? He’s not even best in Packers history

  1. Hi, Ferret. I found you. 😉

    I was gonna say you’re just sore at Favre because he jumped ship, but then you reminded me of Starr. He was some kind of good, wasn’t he?

    Still, you gotta admit, Favre didn’t suck. At least he seemed to beat up on the Lions regularly.

  2. Hi Haggis!

    I have a few issues with Favre, but let me say, when he played for us, I loved him, however, the last 3 or 4 years of his career here he kept yanking management around with the retiring stuff, tying their hands during the draft and free-agency because they didn’t know if he was coming back.

    And let it be known that they bent over backwards for him. The year that he signed with the Jets, they were willing to let Favre resign at least THREE times, one time they even had a plane warming on the tarmac waiting to fly down to him, and he kept calling back saying “I changed my mind again, I’m retiring.” So they said, Fuck You and moved on. Of course, all he remembers is the Fuck You.

    I was upset when he went to the Jets, but not angry. It was a whole different conference. He has that right. But then, coming back and signing with a Division Rival? The Enemy? That’s just wrong and I’ll never forgive him for that, even if he goes into the HOF in a Packers’ uni and starts hanging around with all the other Packer greats.

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