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One, two, three, FAVRE

December 24, 2008

My love and support of Brett Favre is similar to that of John Madden's. I agree with Frank Caliendo, as John Madden, that the numeric system should replace four's with Favre's.

Any person who loves the game of football and the NFL should have a respect and admiration for the guy who is arguably one of the best, if not the best, quarterbacks to play the game: Brett Favre.

If you don't love Favre for his records and extremely impressive, if not amazing statistics in the NFL. You should love him for his love and respect of the game. If you can't love him for that, how about his Wrangler commercials and charming smile.

When I have this discussion with "Purple Lovers" there always seems to be this confusion of Favre's greatness.

The "Purple Lovers" always seem to talk so negatively about Favre and try to give all these reasons why they hate him. They try to justify the fact that he should be retired, he is worthless. They say he doesn't deserve the hype and relentless support of the media and his followers. The best one I've ever heard is that he is overrated and not really that good.

To these statements I chuckle.

First, let's look at what Favre hasn't done that so many NFL players and quarterbacks have to disgrace themselves, their teams and the game of football. Favre has never organized or participated in dog fighting, resulting in the abuse and death of several dogs.

Favre has never been arrested for a DUI and he has never shot himself in the thigh in a New York nightclub.

Favre has never been subpoenaed, spent time in jail, been on trial or involved involved in the legal system.

Favre has never mooned a crowd or walked out during a game that is still in progress.

Favre has never used steroids and most definitely never missed a start because of a sprain pinky finger or some type of phalange injury.

Favre doesn't miss games because of a concussions, back injuries or turf toe.

Favre never cheated on his wife and he doesn't have multiple kids with multiple mothers.

And really, let's face it, Brett Favre is better than any quarterback the Vikings have or have had in a long time. To my boss, the sports editor and ONLY to him, go T-Jack.

Secondly, let's take a small gander at Favre's records.

Favre holds the records for: most career touchdown passes (463), most career passing yards (64,707), most career pass completions (5,682), most career pass attempts (9,209), most career consecutive starts among NFL quarterbacks (267; 289 including playoffs), most career victories as a starting quarterback (169) and most career interceptions thrown (305).

I will come back to interceptions, so before you get disgruntled and underline that record and send me an e-mail about Favre's interceptions, I will come back to this point.

Some other achievements we most definitely shouldn't overlook. Favre is the only three-time Associated Press MVP in NFL history.

Favre led the Packers to seven division championships, four NFC Championship Games, two NFC Championships and one Super Bowl championship.

Let's not forget that Favre is a nine-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All Pro.

As for interceptions, it is clear Favre is not afraid to take risks, which is why he has won more games than he has lost. Favre, for lack of a better word, is a "gunslinger" and when a quarterback has this approach he makes more good things happen than bad.

Favre fans take his interceptions in stride, we expect them, we understand they will happen when we have a quarterback that will step up in the pocket and take a hit. Let me remind you, after he takes a hit, he gets back up for another play.

Favre makes things happen on the field, and whether or not you want to say it out loud or in your head, whether you want to write it down, you have to admit that Favre is a great one. Favre is to football what Babe Ruth is to baseball. He is the greatest all-around quarterback to play the game.



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