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.