|I guess this is the last chance to discuss No. 4, so let's get it out.
A few thoughts:
His consecutive start streak always struck me as more impressive than Ripken's. Favre played through some ridiculous injuries, and he was manning a position where you've basically set up to get the tar kicked out of you.
The crazy media love for Favre generally bugged me - has any player ever gotten this much of a free pass for mistakes and poor games? Had Eli Manning or Donovan McNabb thrown away January's NFC Championship Game as Favre did, there'd be a 24/7 media lambasting. When Favre comes up small, his buddies like Peter King conveniently forget to criticize him (I love how King eliminated his "Goat of the Week" section the following day; I'll never accept that this was a coincidence).
He finished his career 12-10 in the playoffs, one title, two Super Bowl trips. Losses in seven of the last 10 games. Only QB to ever throw two overtime picks in the playoffs. Other playoff stats: 22 games, 39 touchdowns, 28 picks, 7.4 YPA, 85.2 rating.
I'd consider Favre one of the best 10 QBs of my lifetime (1970s and on), but not Top 5. The exact list? Still working on it. In no particular order, Montana, Elway, Manning and Brady are certainly above him. Probably Bradshaw and Staubach. Perhaps others. (I forgot Young on the first pass; get him in here, too.)
To me the most amazing Favre moment was the first half at Oakland on a Monday night in 2003 - the day after his father died of a heart attack. Favre threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns in the *first half* that night. You walk out if it's a movie script, but when it's real it's a very jarring experience.
Let's hear your Favre thoughts.
Posted by pianow at 3/5/2008 3:42:00 PM