Favre Vexes Me
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Brett Favre vexes me. The same qualities that made him a great quarterback --toughness, swagger, passion -- so often mutated into season-killing decisions. (What was he thinking in that playoff overtime against Philly in '04?) Since the missus is from Wisconsin, I've watched almost every Packers game in the last decade. Many required Tums.
Is Favre the best quarterback ever? Oh, God, no. He may not be the best quarterback in Packers history; the website Cold Hard Football Facts has hipped me to the greatness of Bart Starr, who posted a 104.8 postseason rating and is eighth all-time in yards per pass attempt (7.84). He didn't have the arm Favre had, but I don't recall him throwing into double-coverage with the game on the line. The Pack went through many running backs and wide receivers came and went, but the guy behind center never changed for each of Green Bay's five titles in the '60s.
But you can't diss Favre's career, either. You don't win three league MVPs and set every significant passing record the game has and not get your props. And the consecutive games streak is the most impressive stat of all; no matter what the seamheads think, Favre's 291 straight games started is more impressive than Cal Ripken's 2,632 in a row. There wasn't a blitzing Sam linebacker running at Ripken when he went in the hole for a grounder. And Favre's ability to get his life in order and get off of Vicodin required a courage that revealed greatness.
I'd certainly put Favre in the top 10, with Graham, Baugh, Montana, Starr, Marino, Sid Luckman (I'll defer to my elders on this one, who swear by the Bears' QB of the 1940s), Unitas, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. (Staubach and Jurgy are next in line.) But number one? Nope.
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