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Mark Maske
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Mark Maske

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Very, Very Good But Not The Best


For me, Brett Favre makes my top dozen quarterbacks ever, and probably is somewhere in the bottom part of the top 10.

The greatest passers ever, to me, are Johnny Unitas, Dan Marino and Peyton Manning. The greatest winners ever are Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Bart Starr and Tom Brady. They're all ahead of Favre in my rankings. So, too, is Sammy Baugh because of his historical significance.

I put Favre in the group right after that, one with John Elway, Troy Aikman and Otto Graham. It's so difficult to compare players from different eras, and others will make cases for quarterbacks like Roger Staubach, Fran Tarkenton, Y.A. Tittle, Len Dawson, Sonny Jurgensen, Dan Fouts, Joe Namath or Warren Moon to be in the top dozen.

Favre was very, very good. He wasn't the best, I don't think. But with three MVPs, a Super Bowl triumph and a collection of passing and durability records, he certainly has a place in the history of the sport.

I feel like he threw too many interceptions and didn't win quite enough to be higher on the list. That's nitpicking, yes, but you have to nitpick a bit when you're choosing between the all-timers.

By Mark Maske  |  February 12, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  | Category:  New York Jets Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Farve was so great it will take time to fairly evaluate his legacy. He is the Babe Ruth of the modern nfl generation. Easily the most accomplished "big play" quarterback of all time. Like Ruth he swung for the fences at all times. Sometimes at the wrong time. If someone was greater point out where? He has every meaningful passing record. You want wins? How about 169? 20 more than the nearest all time win leader. Mvp's? 3 all time leader with Manning. Starts? You know that answer. What did he mean to Green Bay? How about a career 63% win percentage and 11 playoff appearances? Playoffs? Not the greatest winner but 2 super bowls and one win. What's the old saying "great players win games, but great teams win super bowls". No one ever accused the 2000 era packers of having a great team. Or great coach for that matter. Career 12-10 playoff record and 2nd in virtually every offensive category. Btw- super bowl stats ... 5td's 1 pick in two games.

Did Farve have faults? Sure, Took too many chances (strikeouts like Ruth) but that was his nature. I laugh when reporters scratch their chin and "wonder" if Farve was better than Namath or Warren Moon. Those kinds of comments say more about the reporter than anything to do with Brett Farve.

Posted by: rowe49 | February 12, 2009 2:05 PM

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